Born in 1963, Ramakers grew up in Belgium while immersed in classical art, culture and literature. It’s from this influence that he initially developed his skills as a talented drawer, and after 25 years pursuing a career in advertising, he finally began telling his own stories through the medium of photography.

His resulting tableaux are inspired by ancient tales of beauty, power, passion, betrayal, life and death. Presented within carefully crafted scenes his nudes often have a surrealistic twist that readily invites a closer look.

Also worth checking out is his most recent book, entitled In Illo Tempore, which is available from his website here.

All images © Bart Ramakers