Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, environment, fundraising, mining, Uncategorized, western australia, whales by freoview on November 16, 2018




A big crowd turned up on Friday evening at The Glen Cowans Photo Gallery and Fremantle Roundhouse for the PROTECT NINGALOO fundraising event.

Many artists have donated their works which are on the walls of the gallery, so go and have a look on the weekend. There are some really great works there!

There were some speeches and music, drinks and a lovely sunset.

It was good to have the fight for the protection of a national nature heritage area in the oldest public building in WA, and it is all about stopping the ridiculous plan to build a 500 hectare gas pipe launch plant at Heron Point and tugs dragging huge steel pipes across the nursery flats of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

That madness needs to be stopped because Ningaloo Reef’s health cannot be jeopardised!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, mining, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018




I love the cavernous former warehouse space of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street. One can really contemplate there while watching art shows and it would be a fantastic space for meditation.

The space is ideally suited to making exhibitions into installations, as the present show does well.

The Built to last exhibition by Jennifer Garland at Fremantle’s PS ART SPACE is an investigation of once prosperous places and the extraction of commodities. The legacy of history is explored in a mixed-media installation inspired by archival records, satellite imagery, and scientific research. Now in decline, these places are filled with unsettling omens which offer projections of possible futures. The exhibition reimagines histories and makes connections across time in order to examine nature in an era defined by its absence.

Experimental processes of transformation have been used which introduce chance elements and convey a sense of chaos. This involves techniques utilizing oxidisation, melting and distortion. Industrial materials including hi vis safety equipment also contribute to an undercurrent of danger. 

The show runs till May 11 and is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, mining, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017


mining the port


What a shame April 1 is still four months away, otherwise I could have made up a nice April Fools with this photo.

The State Government desperate to get rid of our state’s enormous debt is going to allow mining in Fremantle Port?

Nah, it’s the Joides Resolution research vessel in port, just behind the railway station.


Roel Loopers



Thirty years ago in September 1984 my then partner Brigitte Braun and I established Profile Photography in Perth and today in Fremantle is the launch of the new brand ROEL.COM.AU. The company needed a bit of refreshing, a rebirth, a facelift, just something that invigorates me to keep going in an industry that has even become more challenging than it ever was.

My career in Western Australia has been fantastic from the moment we started all those years ago. We soon picked up the State Energy Commission account, many mining, design, PR and advertising companies followed. Architects, magazines, property developers and state departments and agencies followed suit.

Fremantle Port was loyal to me for 15 years, the Midland Redevelopment Authority for 11, JAZ Creative became my family, and Cape Mentelle my drinking companion.

WA State Government gave me assignments for years and so did Government House. I was the official photographer for the visit of Princess Ann and travelled throughout the north of WA with her and shared her table for dinner in Kunnunara.

Some of my clients ended up in jail, because WA inc was not their greatest moment, but my business kept blossoming until the big change to digital photography introduced a lot of mediocrity to the industry.

I love my profession and have not ever regretted I became a photographer. I met so many great people and did so many great jobs and I learned so much about life, people and photography.

Today there is a new start in my professional life that is not only corporate, commercial and private photography but also the Roel’s Fremantle Photo Tours.

My motto FINDING BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY has become my lifestyle, trying to enjoy the small precious moments in life, even in the difficult times.

I have always given my best, because when one works unsupervised it is too easy to cut corners, and at the end of each assignment only I knew if I had given it all the time it deserved, if I should have tried more angles, different light, got up earlier, or keep shooting later. I learned to be brutally critical about my work, to make sure I would never take an assignment or a client for granted. No doubt I messed up a few times, but looking back I believe I overall succeeded.

Today is a proud day for me, because I start again at an age where most people think about retirement. I love photography far too much to start looking for a rocking chair.

Check out the new website:

Roel Loopers

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