Zenfolio | Martine DF | About

Martine is trained, qualified, and began her career as an architect before establishing her business as an architectural documentary photographer.

She is fascinated by capturing images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture, producing more of a story or a feel for a project. Originally from Belgium, Martine has relocated her base various times to be able to capture continents in an authentic way. Martine focuses on documenting various ways in which people create and interact within their built environment.

Her distinctive style incorporates an energetic approach balancing movement and colour together with the use of reductive positioning, creating images that are both simple and visually striking.

Martine's love for photography goes back to her twelfth birthday, when her Godfather gave her, her first camera.  From then on she picked up a camera to capture how she perceived reality. She is intrigued by the decisive moment and by the story behind the subject. A photograph represents one way of looking by choosing a unique composition in addition to light and colour. Using the viewfinder to accentuate this beauty is where she feels most comfortable.

Martine is a registered architect in Belgium, Australia (VIC) and United Kingdom. She has a zest for travelling and has visited 30+ countries so far. Relocating made her appreciate the taste of varies waters throughout the world e.g. Icelandic or Melbournian is her preference. 

Martine is a passionate creative. During high school she got initiated into Visual Arts, this blossomed her out.  She has been using this as a channel of communication ever since, it makes her soul sing. Being brought up bilingual while seeing Japanese anime dubbed in french, awakened her curiosity for cultures. Since young she adapted to an ambidextrous left-handed. She is a language and food lover.

Publications: Martine's work has appeared in numerous publications including: National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Summit Media, Architects Journal, Pillar, Schuco Partner, Architizer, cube design Ltd, Frowde Architects. Her work has been seen from the pages of The Age in Australia, to Architectural Magazine and Lifestyle Magazines, in the Philippines, to Architectural Magazines and websites in the United Kingdom.

Exhibitions: Martine has exhibited both collaboratively as well as solo exhibitions. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including: National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Summit Media.

Book: Martine has published a book called Distortion which deals with how the surroundings have an effect on the human body and mind. She is currently working on another book called Moksha.

Awards: Martine has been credited with some exciting awards and is active as well on online photo sharing communities. Recently a portrait of a monk in Amorgos Island has been featured on the Daily Dozen of National Geographic.

Volunteer work: Over the years Martine has been involved in volunteer work i.e. CERES, Melbourne: event photography. Bahay Tuluyan, Manila: working on a documentary to keep kids off the streets; raise awareness and funding. Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, London: event photography for Kathina Festival, a yearly event that attracts over 1250 people. Gaia House, Insight and Meditation Centre, England: documentary photography. 

Causes Martine cares about are: Arts, Culture, Children and Health