Hugo Melis was born in Bornem (Belgium) on the 18th of December 1948 and he spent his childhood in Puurs. After his humaniora at the college of St Niklaas and Puurs, he studied journalism at the Press House in Brussels. By accident however, he ended up in the insurance and banking world and remained there. He became a self-employed insurance and banking agent. Together with his wife Liliane he built a house in Bornem and enjoyed living there together with their children Els and Hilde. Yet, the searching and observing of all interesting and special objects continued and photography became a real passion. Depicting people, nature, situations, travel and impressions forms the basis for its vast work. He thought it was necessary to perfect its hobby and started to study "Art of Photography" at the Academy in Temse