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NEW CRANE

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on March 31, 2010

A brand new crane was delivered to the Fremantle port today by Chinese vessel Zhen Hua. A very impressive sight as the photo shows.

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CHEF’S SPECIAL ?

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 23, 2010

Something seems seriously wrong with some people in the hospitality industry. I will not mention names because I don’t want to wreck someone’s new business, but read this.

Three of us were having a snack after the FotoFreo opening at a newish South Fremantle restaurant on Friday. There were no more than 15 people in the place.

One meal, a salad, was served 20 minutes before the other two, pizzas, arrived. We asked one of the owners why they could not serve the meals together. It was far too difficult if you had 50 guests or so was his reply, so we pointed out there were not even 20 people there.

“Quite frankly, he said, we have given up trying to coordinate what comes out of the kitchen and pizza oven. It is too difficult”. WHAT?! Down the road at Ruoccos they have for years been serving hundreds of people a night and manage to get pastas and pizzas on the table at the same time, so guests can all enjoy their meals together.

The attitude by the owners and chef of the new place is one of arrogance, incompetence, laziness and taking paying guests for granted. Although the Venezia pizza was great I will not go back there.

Roel Loopers

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FOTOFREOFOTOFREOFOTOFREO AND MORE FOTOFREO

Posted in fremantle, perth, photography, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 22, 2010

I have seen many FotoFreo shows but sofar a real signature exhibition is missing. Something as memorable as Steve Dupont’s shows at the last FotoFreos is not there.

For me the most powerful show of all is Philip Blenkinsop’s stunning B&W photos at the Moores building. This is part of the group show Growing Pains: Timor Leste, but frankly the other photos in the exhibition fade into insignificance compared to what Blenkinsop shows.

Upstairs in the Moores is a good show Slab City by Claire Martin and also Tears in the Congo by Jean Chung. Both well worth seeing.

The three shows by Narelle Autio, Pat Brassington and Carrie Levy at the, drinks free, opening at the Maritime Museum last eve are technically well done but left no impression on me whatsoever.

I like Dave Dare Parker’s photos on the Fremantle workers clubs very much. Strong B&W portraits and nice little observations. It is at the former Fremantle Club.

A lovely opening at Greg James’ sculpture studio with classical music and lovely snacks on the water front was very Freo. The sunset sublime. Thanks Greg!

Untitled Movement are haunting images of people who do not show their faces and shot from behind and in the dark by Simon Obarzanek at Turner Gallery in Northbridge are worth a visit, while the very colourful Tulipa+Vanitas flower images by Annet van der Voort on first impression are powerful but on closer inspection left me with a sense of kitch only.

Fremantle Prison gallery has the excellent Brad Rimmer and Eugene Richard shows that should be a must on your agenda.

There is so much more and tomorrow I will try to see many shows in Perth.

FotoFreo is a fantastic showcase for photography and should be supported. Congratulations to all involved in organising it. You did an amazing job!

Roel Loopers. My show is running on the screen in the foyer of the Fremantle Ports building at I Cliff Street, near the E-Shed markets.

OH WHAT SPLENDID SILENCE

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on March 21, 2010

I just returned from having a look at SILENCE, the exhibition and book by Brad Rimmer in the old Fremantle Prison gallery. For me this is the best show so far I have seen this year of the very many FotoFreo exhibitions.

On entering the gallery I was highly impressed with the stunning quality of the large square colour photos. The prints are superb and so are the photos.

One can sense that Brad was raised in the Western Australian wheat belt town of Wyalkatchem, as he precisely captures the daily isolation and desolation in portraits, land and street scapes and details of interiors.

I felt something similar to when I watched the movie Samson and Delilah; that foreboding sense of no future for those Brad captured. They look bored, resigned to the emptiness their lives seem to be, and hardly engage with the photographer, as they blankly look into the distance.

This is a sensitive insider show/book by someone who knows country towns and people from his own experience. I think it is great. Well done Brad Rimmer!

There is one complaint though. One cannot buy the book in the prison shop because “it is not in their system”. Brad is disappointed about it and he is right that the people who run the shop should be  more flexible and accommodating. The good news is that the New Edition book shop in High Street has got plenty of copies. Go buy a few!

Roel Loopers

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GENTLE FOTOFREO SHOWS AT SOURCE GALLERY

Posted in fremantle, perth, photography, western australia by freoview on March 18, 2010

Two good FotoFreo shows opened last night at the Source Gallery in South Fremantle. Alastair McNaughton and Roger Garwood are sharing the space in the hall way there.

This is lovely and simple street photography by two artists who know their craft well. They are both great observers and have captured people interacting without judgment, thus creating two surprisingly gentle shows.

Garwood embraces the culture and tradition the Blessing of the Fleet is, while it is obvious from his Cuba Libre images that McNaughton loves people. The endearing shot of two girls and the great dancing women photo come to mind.

These are two small shows that should not be missed.

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALANDISH

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 17, 2010

It is a bit of a worry that Australand has been short listed by the state government to develop the large Knutsford/Swanbourne/Steven Street area.

Australand is the company that is developing Googee Beach and have now applied to put hundreds of additional houses there. What that will mean for the promised public spaces, board walks, etc. remains to be seen, if they get the approval from Cockburn council to change their plans.

I am skeptical about large developers because they often seem to want to change their plans after initial approval has been given.

Be alert and alarmed Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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THE GREAT PRAM PUSH FUNDRAISER

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 16, 2010

This is well worth supporting, so please pass it on to as many people as you can!

Thanks

Roel

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RIGHT ROYAL FESTIVITIES

Posted in photography, tourism, western australia by freoview on March 15, 2010

Here a few of my favorite photos I took for Fremantle Ports yesterday of the festivities surrounding the visit of the cruise liner Queen Mary 2. It was a fantastic, well organised and relaxing day and everyone involved in the organisation of it deserves to be congratulated.

Click on photos to enlarge.

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ONE BBQ (BLOODY BIG QUEEN)

Posted in fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on March 14, 2010

One oversize queen came into town this morning. The Queen Mary entered Fremantle harbour just before sunrise. She’s big alright.

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ROEL’S FOTO FREO SHOW OPENS MARCH 15

Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on March 12, 2010

My FotoFreo show about the working port opens on Monday the 15th of March in the foyer of the Fremantle Ports building at 1 Cliff Street and will run till the end of April during office hours.

Here are three of the photos on show. Click on them to enlarge.

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