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About Roel Loopers

I am 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 duty at the historic Round House gaol, Western Australia’s oldest public building.

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

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  2. 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,


  3. 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.


  4. 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,


  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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 =)

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

  11. » 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 […]

  12. 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.


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

    I would like to know which religeon you follow?

  14. 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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