About Martine

MatineDF is an Architectural Photographer in Bournemouth, England. Having a background in Arts and Architecture, Martine has an unusual approach in her photography and how she perceives reality through her lens.

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Neue Nationalgalerie – Architect Mies van der Rohe

Very grateful not only to have studied architecture but also being able to travel and visit those iconic buildings in real life. The Neue Nationalgalerie is one of them. The “Less is More” vision of architecture thought by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which is very minimal, yet detailed structure. This building is from …

Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Cultural Center of the Philippines was created in 1966 through Executive Order no. 30, with the purpose of promoting and preserving Filipino arts and culture. It was formally inaugurated on September 8, 1969, starting a three month long inaugural festival opened by the epic musical Dularawan. Since then, the …

Le Corbusier’s Maison Guiette in Belgian

World Heritage Corb: Maison Guiette in Belgium was Le Corbusier‘s first commission outside of France, but is one of the lesser-known of his 17 buildings that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Guiette House designed by Le Corbusier’s in 1926 is considered one of his most unknown works. …

The Manila Metropolitan Theater

The Manila Metropolitan Theater building was designed by the Filipino architect Juan Arellano, who stated that he drew the plans for the building with the phrase, “On Wings of Song”, in mind. The theater was inaugurated on December 10, 1931, with a capacity of 1670 (846 orchestra, 116 in loge, …

New year 2017

Wishing each of you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season. Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2017! m-ART*  

Port House in Antwerp – Zaha Hadid Architects

Great to see this architectural project from Zaha Hadid Architects in my homecountry. (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) From the architect The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – bringing together the port’s 500 staff that previously …

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

Amaravati is a Theravada Buddhist monastery situated at the eastern end of the Chiltern Hills in south-east England. It is near the Hertfordshire village of Great Gaddesden. Established in the early 1980s, the monastery is inspired by the Thai Forest Tradition and the teachings of the late Ajahn Chah, a Thai …

Kathina Festival at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

A Kathina Festival was held at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery on Sunday, 6 November 2016. The Kathina is a tradition that has been followed for over 2500 years. It takes place during the month following the end of the Vassa (the three months’ Rains Retreat). At the time of Kathina, lay followers make a …

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – BIG Architects

Earlier in the summer I visited the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Hyde Park, London. Created by Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), designed to resemble an “unzipped wall. Described by the Danish architect as “both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob”, this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed as …

Tate Modern’s Switch House – Architects Herzorg & de Meuron

Tate Modern’s Switch House extension designed by Herzog & de Meuron. These panoramas were taken on the balcony Level 10, a spectacular new roof terrace with 360-degree views of the river Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the dramatic London skyline. The last panorama is taken on the Millennium Bridge itself. (note: please click …

Bournemouth Air Festival

A snapshot of the many photos captured during Bournemouth Air Festival 18-21 August 2016. The Red Arrows were just spectacular to see even when I have seen this show the third time. I was in full anticipation of what was coming next, just like the kids on the beach! (note: please click …

Amorgos Island Hike

Calimera!  When visiting Greece, I have been grateful to attend a yoga retreat on Amorgos Island. I learned a new style of yoga called the Vini-yoga, a very relaxing but still strenuous exercise.  The island has some amazing history and scenery. During our free time together with our guides we did some short …

Interview Photograph ‘Alone’

Photograph ‘ Alone ‘ – Iceland, May 2014 Where did you take this photo?  The photo was captured in the magical land of Iceland. Along Route One, the main route across the country, Southeast of Iceland, lies Jökulsárlón Glacier. It literally means “glacial river lagoon”. It is a must destination for anyone …

Milan Expo Thru a Magic Glass Ball

Another post about the Milan World Expo 2015. This time a glass ball that i have brought with me specially for this series: seeing inspirational architectural pavilions through this glass ball that creates another magical world . (Also featured on website >> Link )

Jewish Museum Berlin – Architect Studio Libeskind

While visiting Berlin for a wedding, for a second time I visited the Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum Berlin). The museum is one of the largest Jewish Museums in Europe. Designed by Daniel Libeskind.  Very captivating building inside and outside, it always gives me shivers going there. It’s amazing how Architecture can …

CityLife Milano – Zaha Hadid Architects

When going to the Milan World Expo 2015, i visited this multifaceted residential building. Building study,  CityLife Milano , designed by Zaha Hadid Architects The CityLife project located in the heart of Milan – in the centre of the historic fiera area immersed in a park of 160,000 square metres (one of …

Manali to Leh, Ladakh

Like on of my favourite quote says “it’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey”, well this trip was a great example of this. As a few key Bollywood movies show this Pangong Tso Lake, India, as something magical and grandiose, ie. 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, …

UAE Pavilion Milan World Expo

Milan World Expo 2015 was a major great event, not only the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life but great architectural expressive pavilions. One of my favourites was the UAE Pavilion, Designed by Foster + Partners. (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) Bringing the planning principles of the traditional desert city to Milan, the pavilion’s interior of …

Human Hearing

Meet Tayseer, a strong woman that has hearing difficulties since she was born. She lost it completely when she was studying her Bachelor Degree of Architecture in Portsmouth. She learned how to lip read and end up with a distinction.  She has been awarded The Chappel Bequest prize by the Portsmouth …

Billy’s Adventures @ World Expo Milan

Ciao Tutti! Welcome to the world of Billy. He is a passionate traveller and has a humorist approach when he takes his selfies at interesting locations. This is a snapshot of his time visiting Milan. He went to the World Expo 2015 and visited some iconic buildings around Milan. The rest of …

The Shard

Another interesting building study that i’ve done, the The Shard , aka the Shard of Glass, aka Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, in London, England (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) The Shard is the tallest building in London and is currently the 87th tallest building in the world,the tallest …

Lampshade Muunlight

Meet Joost who is the Founder of Muunlight (www.muunlight.com). Muunlight is a London based, eco-friendly company, that manufactures large pendant lampshades. Below is a snapshot of Joost constructing it and the set-up in the busy art hub in Chelsea, London.

MAXXI Museum Zaha Hadid

Due to one of my female heroes passing away on 31th of March 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid(1950-2016) Photo credit Brigitte Lacombe. Here a building study from the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Flaminio, Italy My frist architectural book whilst in my first few years in Architecture was “The …

Atomium

Building Study – The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak. Its original structure symbolizes an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. In the 1950s, the atom was at the center of attention as the almost inexhaustible symbol …

Love Rules

I feel nauseous. My head is full of worries. My heart is racing.  Again devastated news about what we do to one another. I am sending love to those who need it the most. Not only to people in Brussels, Paris, Syria, Istanbul,… We are not meant to live in pain, …

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Another interesting building study that i’ve done, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke Mill, near Whitchurch (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ). Designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio. The Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Process Buildings, at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, are linked and closely related existing buildings that have been subject to major refurbishment. This …

Guesthouse run by non-profit organisation

Great to see some of my photos of my Philippines volunteer work on the Lonely Planet website! Pretty wrapped to see this article. The guesthouse Makabata is run by well respected not-for-profit organisation Bahay Tuluyan (www.bahaytuluyan.org), and all profits go to help children living on the streets of Manila. So …

Taj Mahal, Agra

A building study of the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his …

Yoga Retreat in Greece

Happy to share with you three videos that i have done during my time in Greece last year. Videos are a time-lapse of a yoga retreat that i’ve done in an idillic island in the Cyclades, called Amorgos Island. The French movie from 1988 called ‘Le Grand Blue’, the big …

Growth and Prosperity – Togetherness

A first picture blog post of this year, Hello 2016! Starting with tall trees in the forest called Hallerbos, Belgium. As it is a winter day, it wasn’t exactly lavender blue forest as it’s usually in Spring/Summer time. I wanted to start with this first concept of us as trees, …

New Year 2016

Best wishes from M-ART by Martinedf Hope you all lovely people have a wonderful end of the year, wishing you lots of joy, happiness and safe travels! May next year be great, even better than this year, here is to a great journey ahead!

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

A building study from last year when i visited Iceland. This project, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is situated in Reykjavik (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) Located by the old harbor between Reykjavík city center and the North Atlantic, the new Harpa Concert Hall and Conference …

The flow of People

This conceptual work has been captured in front of busy Duomo of Milan in Italy. A time capture of all this flow of energy. The flow of people, that are either stopping, going, wondering around, talking selfies, admiring the cathedral,… (note: please click on the image for isolated view of one image)

Monk in the Monastery Published on NatGeo

Woke up on Friday this week with a message on my FB page saying that i was published on the Daily Dozen page of National Geographic. Responded quickly, as i was so excited and wanted to know more. Then slowly started to check my emails as well, it’s was early …

Unité d’habitation

Another building study that i’ve done a few months ago, is this project, the Unité d’habitation in Berlin (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) Le Corbusier’s first Unité d’Habitation is arguably the most influential Brutalist building of all time. With its human proportions, chunky pilotis and interior “streets”, it …

Billy’s Adventures @ Amorgos Island

Calimera! Welcome to the world of Billy. He is a passionate traveller and has a humorist approach when he takes his selfies at interesting locations. This is a snapshot of his time in Amorgos Island, Greece. He went to a yoga retreat, which offered a morning yoga of the style …

Stonehenge and Pavilion

A building study that i’ve done a little bit earlier this year, is this project, the Stonehenge and the Pavilion in Amesbury, United Kingdom (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) Australian firm Denton Corker Marchalls – DCM – ’s solution for the visitor centre is in deliberate antithesis to the weighty …

Abi and Saudi in the outskirts of Manila

I made a documentary during my 6 months stay the first half year of 2012. The documentary was for Bahay Tuluyan (www.bahaytuluyan.org) a volunteer network that is based in Manila, Philippines, most are Australian expats. The main focus is children and teenagers. This by playing games and feeding the kids, some …

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Another building study that i’ve done is this project, the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London (Also featured on Architizer >> Link ) Sir John Soane’s Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane’s projects and the collections …

Concept of a Home

Contemplating about home and what the notion of it is. So i started this conceptual work to explore this. “Just because it isn’t happening here, doesn’t mean that is isn’t happening” ‎SaveSyriasChildren‬ How you can Help Syrian (and others) refugees