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About Roel Loopers

I am a former professional photographer, now a street photographer, blogger and community activist in the Western Australian port city of Fremantle on the Indian Ocean coast.

I was born in The Hague, Netherlands, and lived in Nuremberg, Germany for 13 years, where I worked as a photojournalist for daily newspapers, press agencies and magazines, before migrating to Australia in March 1982.

I moved to Perth in September 1984 and established Profile Photography. I ran my commercial, corporate photo business in Western Australia for 30 years and retired in 2016.

People in Fremantle are passionate about the city and all things that matter in life. It is the city of festivals and art. We are a funky, creative and tolerant lot who like to enjoy life and have fun while looking after our environment.

Our city is carbon neutral. We have a great climate so book your next holiday to Freo, as we call it, and enjoy the Indian Ocean, great beaches and relaxed lifestyle!

My passions are people and social justice. I have great respect for Aboriginal culture. I adore children and women, love cooking, good food and wine, theatre,  reading, writing, music, the Kimberley, especially the Bungles.

I was the awarded the WA Premier’s Australia Day Fremantle Resident of the Year 2012 and am the past president of the Fremantle Society, an organisation that has been looking after Fremantle’s heritage and future for over 40 years. I was also president of the Fremantle Heritage Guides, where I am a tour guide at the historic Round House jail, Western Australia’s oldest public building.

Finding beauty in the ordinary is what life is all about for me!

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  1. freoview said, on June 5, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    The artwork was not done by me. I can’t remember if it was City of Fremantle or Freo Now(former BID), but I am sure there are no issues with promoting shopping in Freo, so go ahead is my advise.


  2. JH said, on June 5, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Hello Roel
    I’d love to be able to use your map of Freo Shopping on my BnB brochure. Would this be possible? How would you like me to reference that the artwork was done by yourself?
    Kind regards

  3. freoview said, on May 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    He told me in a few weeks. they are still working on it.


  4. elsiyan said, on May 4, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    The one you taken photos at 95 market Street

  5. freoview said, on May 2, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Not sure which cafe you mean.


  6. elsiyan said, on May 2, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Freo view ,I was interested a article on 1 April about 95 market street has new cafe ,do you have the latest news from owner when are they formally opens?

  7. freoview said, on March 1, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Molly,

    The Mayor did declare a conflict of interest about Sunset Events application for a tavern at J Shed, Molly. He and other Elected Members regularly do not take part in agenda item discussions and voting because they have a conflict of interest, which they have to declare by law.


  8. Molly said, on March 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Hi just wondering if you have noticed any further conflicts of interest by our Mayor on recent agenda items? I came across the sunset events post you made in 2016. Something was being discussed behind me during a public meeting that a person sitting behind me could have a COI with the mayor but nothing was noted when their agenda item passed through with ease. Wanting to get all my facts before I send a lengthy email to a few people. I couldn’t find your contact info other than this comment box. Thx!

  9. freoview said, on February 19, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Sorry, Gel, but it is my personal blog so I only publish articles about Fremantle in Western Australia, written by me.


  10. Gel Evangelista said, on February 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm


    This is Gel, an outreach assistant. I wanted to find out who the best person is to speak with to contribute an article on your website?

    I am looking to write an article that you can post on your blog. The article will be well-researched based on the large pool travel experts that our company has access to. In exchange, I was hoping that you could credit our online travel media site for providing the article to you. Please let me know if you would be interested?

    Thank you,


  11. freoview said, on November 9, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Of course it is fair to have an opinion about this, Sasha, and in my opionion it was ostentatious and over the top, and probably that was one of the reasons for its demise and why it had to close down so soon.

    I did not try to tear someone down and the ‘great thing’ you classify it as yourself as the owner, was clearly not that great, otherwise you would not have been forced to close the business.

    Don’t blame others!


  12. Sasha said, on November 8, 2018 at 10:20 pm


    Is it fair of you to criticism and
    Demise a business and renovation such as World of renovation?

    When one young woman was trying hard to bring back a run down property and rescue it and you call it ostentatious

    Where is the support and do you feel good about yourself trying to tear someone dorm for doing great things

  13. freoview said, on May 22, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Sure, no worries Carolina!


  14. Carolina said, on May 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dear Roel,
    Here is Carolina, from the Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle.
    I was researching for great photos of Fireworks at Freo Harbour to promote WA Day 2018 and I found one of yours:
    Do you mind if I used it to promote the day on our website and social media channels?
    I will insert credits, of course.
    Much appreciated.

  15. freoview said, on May 2, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Yes a lot of money wasted on that city square, Brian.


  16. Brian said, on May 2, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Roel, read your comments on Yagan square. I agree entirely.. all form over function. We went on a Saturday night and half the food stalls inside the building were closed. We also thought it too cramped and not enough seating. Disappointing overall.

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  18. Natasha said, on October 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Roel,

    Thank you, that’s fantastic! My phone is currently being repaired so I will have to keep in touch with you via email, but I’ll have at least a replacement sorted out by Friday. I work shift work on the weekends so Friday would be best for me in terms of availability. I will discuss the details with you via email.

    Kind regards,


  19. freoview said, on October 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Of course happy to do an interview with you Natasha. Email me at or call 0419 850981. Available Wednesday and Friday or the weekend this week.


  20. Natasha said, on October 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Roel,

    My name is Natasha Casey and I am a third year Communication and Media Studies student from the University of Western Australia. I am currently making a short film about the Esplanade Youth Plaza down in Freo and as a part of my research process I have been reading your blogs and comments surrounding the EYP. I have learned from my research that you are quite the expert on the topic and I was wondering whether you would be willing to perhaps take part in an interview and share some of your Knowledge on the EYP. Possibly sometime this week or early next week? However if you are not comfortable with that, would you then allow me to refer to and mention some of the information that you have stated in your blogs within my short film (referencing you of course)?

    I am a Freo native myself and I am very interested in what you have to say. I am also particularly interested in finding out what the general feeling towards the Youth Plaza is within the Freo community, how opinions may have changed- not only towards the EYP but towards youth as-well and also what a youth space such as the EYP means for a community such and Fremantle and young people generally.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Kind regards,


  21. Harald said, on August 15, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Hi Roel, großartig! Was Du über Freo sagst, kann ich nur unterschreiben. Schöne Photo Tours.

  22. Alan de Lacy said, on September 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I found your blog. It’s great to read articles by someone so passionate about Fremantle. I’ll stay in touch and contribute something in future. Thanks for coming down to the Workers Club to hear our music last night.
    Alan de Lacy

  23. Emma said, on May 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Hey Roal,
    Your photos are not visable on the side bar. I was just going to have a sticybeak at your work!
    Cheers Emma FICRA

  24. Kell said, on October 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Roel.
    It was nice to meet you this morning at Mondos, albeit briefly. I look forward to reading your blog – hopefully you’ll enjoy my one too.
    Kind regards,
    Kell =)

  25. freoview said, on April 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Being perfect is something all Dutch men are born with %>)
    (well, they think so any way)

    But it is true that I like spoiling the woman I am in love with, as long as she is happy loving someone who is not perfect.


  26. Aliminta said, on April 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Roel you sound so wonderful on your “About” page.

    You could be the ideal man every woman is waiting for.

  27. » Photo Freo said, on March 28, 2010 at 4:30 am

    […] along. He offered a swag on the floor, I gratefully accepted. Well Roger and his gorgeous flatmate Roel turned out to be, well like, angels or something. I got picked up from the airport, driven […]

  28. freoview said, on November 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Not sure why my religion is important, Peter, but I was brought up as a protestant christian in my native Holland.


  29. Peter Slim said, on November 15, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I would like to know which religeon you follow?

  30. Ilona said, on October 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Hey…. got you! You of all people should know that Holland just doesn’t excist anymore since the 17th century. The country you left and where I still live in is officially named ‘Nederland’ or in English ‘The Netherlands’. Holland is just Noord- en Zuid-Holland, the two provincies in the west of the country and in the latter you and I were born. So far for National History ;-))

    You have an interesting blog Roel! I can’t read it all in one day but I certainly will be back to read more.
    I know you still can read Dutch so visit my blog if you can find time because it seems to me that you’re a busy man. I write about politics, things I can’t stand or just love and about human stupidity, which is a subject that never ends. I have foto albums about Asian birds, Flowers, South-European streets, Fronts and Façades, India, Spain, Scottish castles, etcetera. And of course an album with lots of funny jokes and I’m sure you’ll like them!
    Hasta luego! Ilona

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