about - Rik Van Colen

about me

A port equipment technician by day, a photographer and an artist... 24/7.

I am originally from Belgium but I have been living in the Mediterranean Island of Malta since 1994. It is love that brought me to this beautiful country.

Photography does not just happen when I hold a camera, it is always present in my mind. I observe what surrounds me, see striking subjects and appreciate the beauty they convey. Sometimes I see ugly things and find the beauty there too!

A camera is a means to a lot of ends. I use it for many purposes. Its main purpose though is to find my expression, to create my art. My favourite expressive art form is long exposure fine art photography, with a propensity for seascapes.

This site is dedicated to my art.

Awards, Exhibitions and Publications

My photography is very personal. I do not create with competitions in mind. Still, I cannot help feeling some pride in the fact that I have won one or more awards in each competition I have entered. I list these with each image but here's a summary:

49th Malta National Photographic Competition and Exhibiton (2014)

Honourable Mention in the colour prints category for Valletta Lighthouse.

Monochrome awards 2014

Honourable Mention for Leaving Port.

Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) 2015

Honourable Mention for Not Salt.

International Photography Awards (ipa) 2015

Four Honourable Mentions for Leaving Port, City Gate Dreams, Alone After Sunset (Summer) and Not Salt.

50th Malta National Photographic Competition and Exhibiton, 2015

Currently at St. James Cavalier, Valletta until 10 January 2016.

Special Award Landscape for Leaving Port.

Gold award in the digital projected category for Saint Roofs Rigs.

Silver award in the colour prints category for City Gate Dreams.

Silver award in monochrome prints category for Not Salt.

Honourable Mention in the colour projected category for Late Swim or Not.

Honourable Mention in the monochrome prints category for Parla Piano 2 (M) Renzo Ex Machina.

The following images were also accepted into the exhibition:
Colour projected category : Home.

Monochrome projected category: 6:13 on the 13th Floor and Peter's Troubles.

Colour prints category: Alone After Sunset (Summer) and Study In Honey And Blue.


Parla Piano 2 (M) Renzo Ex Machina was published in the Fine Art Urban Nature Issue of Camerapixo, Page 77.

City Gate Dreams was published in the Visual Connection issue of Camerapixo, Page 33.

City Gate Dreams was published in the culture section of the Times of Malta of 30 December 2015, both in the paper edition and online, as part of an article on the 50th Malta National Photographic Competition and Exhibition.

Leaving Port is the subject of an article I wrote on my Poor Man' s ND Filter technique for the January/April 2016 Issue of Click Magazine, the magazine of the Malta Photographic Society.


No man is an island. Many have helped and are helping me travel this road. I am sure I am forgetting many, but I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the people below:

Noel Portelli for the image above and for your friendship.

Joe Attard for the image below and for your guidance.

Louis Agius and everyone at the Malta Photographic Society for your education, friendship and encouragement, but most of all for making me feel welcome.

Kerstin Arnemann for your friendship and guidance.

Ramon Sammut for your encouragement, expertise and kindness.

Joseph Caruana for your early support and advice.

Rebecca Borg for kindly offering your proof reading and copy editing skills.

Astrid Pardew for kindly offering your advice and feedback.

Phyllis Ferrando for your friendship, kindness and support.

Charlot Scicluna for your friendship, support, and feedback.

My friends and colleagues at Valletta Gateway Terminals for your friendship, support and occasionally much needed patience.

To my family.

Favourite Things

To finish, Here's just a few of my favourite things:

L'empire des lumières - Stop Making Sense - Hoegaarden - Hellzapoppin - Zeelandbrug - Imqaret - Un Chien Andalou - Summertime - Dance in Brooklyn - Dr. Strangelove - Sagrada Familia - Fuji X series - Air on the G String - Frieten - 

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