I was born in The Hague, Holland 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.
After a two and a half year year stint in Sydney, where I worked for a year as kitchenhand, cook, waiter, market researcher, before finally as a photographer again, I moved to Perth in September 1984 and established Profile Photography.
My commercial, corporate photo business ROEL.COM.AU in Western Australia has been going for 30 years. Only interrupted for 8 months in 1995, when I traveled 58.000 kilometres on my own through Australia by 4WD. If you’d like to see my style of photos, click on my website: www.roel.com.au. I also conduct photo tours ROEL’S FREMANTLE PHOTO TOURS.
I have lived in the port city of Fremantle for 25 years, because I love the sense of community that exists here. 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 a committee member of the Fremantle Heritage Guides, which sees me on tour guide duty at the historic Round House gaol most Thursdays.
Finding beauty in the ordinary is what life is all about for me!