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Posted in children, fremantle, photography, police, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017




Parents have been complaining about all that rain during the school holidays, so with the weather back to Freo fantastic I wanted to see how busy the Winterworld ice skating n Fremantle was this morning.

I took a few wide-angle shots to show the crowd and when I turned around two police officers looked at me inquisitively, so I took my sunnies off and said hello.

Once I crossed over to the Esplanade Hotel side I noticed they were behind me and I hear “excuse me sir”

The officers wanted to know why I was taking photos, and while it is my lawful right to take pictures of anyone in a public open space, I explained I published a Fremantle blog, gave them my business card, even let them look at the few photos I had taken, and explained I was very well known in Freo, even by the head of police media who is a mate of mine, but they still wanted to see my drivers license.

I absolutely accept that the officers have a job to do, but I find it extremely offensive that an old man with a camera is automatically classified as a potential deviant paedophile, and questioned.

There were plenty of people taking photos with mobile phones, but I stood out with a professional DSLR Nikon. Would a child abuser really be that obvious and stupid?

I adore children and believe they are sacred. Anyone who interferes with a child should be shot as far as I am concerned, but it is not right to target professional photographers just because they are male and over 50.

I have great respect for police officers and the often awful job they have to do, but I feel quite insulted right now.

Roel Loopers


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  1. freoview said, on July 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks Shasta!


  2. Shasta said, on July 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that Roel! I enjoy your blog and all your photos. I don’t know what it felt like to be treated that way, but I’m sorry to had to experience it. I know you only have Freo’s best interest at heart.

  3. freoview said, on July 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Indeed Bob! Why are those with mobile phones ok, but pros with pro cameras not and why only old men?

    I was once approached by a security guard at Garden City because I had a DSLR camera on my lap, as I did not want to leave it in the car, and told I was not allowed to take photos. I told him to concentrate on the thousands of shoppers with mobile phones instead of me.


  4. Bob said, on July 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    ….and yet a xillion security cameras are pointed at all of us 24 hours a day every day – children teens and adults. All in the interests of security. Do the police make checks on the operators of CCTV unitsto see if they are not abusing the rights of privacy of those caught in frame. The same cops would be wanting your assistance if they was say, a incident at Winterworld. Yes they are doing their job but why not interview ANYONE down there with a phone camera? It is not the police I believe it is people who demand and complain without real reason (or authority) to do so.

  5. Suzanne said, on July 7, 2017 at 6:10 am

    A sad indictment on society these days unfortunately. Maybe some silly twit dobbed you to the coppers Roel.
    Last year I was challeged by a teacher, at an under 12 boys hockey match.
    The only spectator, for the third time, at a mid afternoon game. Somewhat alarming for my young relative who had been thrilled at my regular attendance.
    Male teacher ‘I have noticed you’
    I smile benignly.
    Male teacher ‘Why are you here’?
    I had to prove the relationship.
    Child bewildered. Everone embarrassed.
    I guess those in charge are only doing their job.
    All joy gone…..
    and I wasn’t even wearing a raincoat.

  6. freoview said, on July 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    There is a real paranoia about people taking photos of children, but the wrong people get targeted and the offenders hide in the bushes with long lenses or simply use mobile phones.


  7. Carl Payne said, on July 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Roel, I’m with you. My practice does aquatic/sports centres; and changes in public perception have meant we can no longer take photos of children enjoying our facilities, for promotional purposes. I get it on one level; but it’s a damn shame on another level.

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