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Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2017


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The fantastic Fremantle International Portrait Prize of photography will be on show at the Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street from tomorrow, so make sure to go and see it.

The prize winners will be announced this evening.

Renowned South Fremantle photographer and FIPP organiser Dale Neill took a photo of me when I visited yesterday.


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Posted in art, city of fremantle, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017



There is an intriguing art exhibition by Gwenael Velge on at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle.

The show is excellent and well worth a visit, although I have no idea what it is about.

Simulation/Simulcra/Sisyphus is a show of aerial photographs of containers in port and installations; local landscapes-reality-meaning.

There are futuristic-looking boxes and CD disks, and a harness to strap on your back and you supposedly can fly away in it, maybe suggesting the aerial photos were not taken from a drone or helicopter.

It is a journey of discovery in the great huge art space, and it did not matter to me that I was lost to understand the meaning of it all, as it did not seem to matter.

Go and have a look for yourselves and let me know what you thought of it!


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Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 12, 2017




I like it hot, so can’t wait for summer, and the season of markets, festivals and events to start in Fremantle.

Took this photo on my way to the Council meeting late yesterday afternoon at the Cappuccino Strip near the very cosy Benny’s bar and cafe.


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Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2017


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Raindrops on a table at the Fremantle Lapa restaurants in High Street created a nice arty photo for me this morning.

The blue reminded me of my first solo exhibition at the Delaney Galleries in Perth in 1990. The show was all about the magnificent WA sky with man-made objects in it. I took the show to Germany in 1991 at the Keresztes Gallery in Nuremberg, where it sold out.

This year’s Fremantle Festival will revisit an idea I had in 2004 where I projected photos on the Fremantle Port building as part of FotoFreo.

Artist Jo Darbyshire’s projection show Ships in the Night is part of the Freo festival this year and she will project the names of the ships that visited, she recorded for a year.


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Posted in city of fremantle, sunset by freoview on October 5, 2017



There was a bushfire south of Fremantle, I hope controlled burning, and that often makes for good sunsets, so I went out again after a very busy day to take these photos.

My apologies to FICRA convenor Mary-Rose Baker that I dared to tread the boards of the West End again.


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Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on September 3, 2017


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I almost did not take this photo of the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Father’s Day crowd, because just before I had fallen over a three-year-old who crossed my path on the deck at Bathers Beach.

My heavy Nikon D 700 camera with long heavy lens crashed to the ground, and so did I. Now I have a broken lens shade that will cost over $ 100 to replace and a very painful left-hand and wrist.

Just happy the little boy did not get hurt!


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Posted in city of fremantle, growers green, Uncategorized by freoview on September 3, 2017



I love the Sunday GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET as much as I love Fremantle. It is a true community market with great atmosphere where Freo people meet friends and family, while shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, etc.

It was packed full with families today. It was amazing how many babies had the brilliant idea of taken dad out for Father’s Day to the Growers Green.

I only wanted to stay for an hour, but that became two hours because I bumped into so many people.

Had a long chat with the owner of the Fremantle Herald Andrew Smith, talked my birth lingo with Dutch friends from Treacle Treat and the Duyfken, said hello to Minister Simone McGurk and Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and election candidate Kathy Anketell, The Fib’s Robby Lang was there, as was architect Tobias Bush, and of course market manager Kylie Wheatley.

The GGFM is open every Sunday from 8 am till noon at Annie Street in Beaconsfield and raises funds for the South Fremantle Senior High School, so make the trip next Sunday!


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Posted in city of fremantle, community, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on August 24, 2017



Politics at all levels is often backward-looking negativity, rather than progressive positivity, so I needed to get away from it on such a beautiful day, and did this little photo feature on South Fremantle, also known as speedhump boulevard, which I shot during two hours of walking around.

NO! This is not at all an indication that I will be nominating for South Ward at the local government election, although I live in the ward.

No doubt those two lefties/communist/socialist/dogooders/bleedinghearts Greenies Liam Carter and Andrew Sullivan could do with opposition from a far right wing One Family Nation First kind of guy like me, but hey I can’t win the war against the Reds under the Beds all on my own.

I sleep bad enough as it is, without having to look under the bed every few minutes to see if anyone is hiding there.

Life is good and Freo is even better!


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Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017




I noticed this on Facebook, so check out the page for Hamilton Hill Community Group.

It’s a great project that deserves to be supported!

Hi Hamilton Hill!
We are working on some public art, which will incorporate images of our suburb’s architectural heritage!
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And we need your help:
Send us an image of a house in Hamilton Hill that best captures the heritage or aspirations of houses in our suburb. It could be old, new, traditional, modern, big or small.
It could be your own house or any other house in Hamilton Hill you admire.

We need your suggestions by next Monday, 28th August! Contact:Β
Happy snapping!



Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2017


Photographer Gnangarra Lake is not very happy with Fremantle mayoral election candidate Ra Stewart’s use of his dingo flour mill photo as the header for her campaign Facebook page. He wrote:

Gnangarra Lake I love to see businesses, potential Politicians, and their staff supporting local artists they can start by respecting the copyright holders and licensing conditions of the images they use, just like that lovely photograph of mine of Dingo Flour you have been using as the banner of your facebook page for the last 6 weeks, who shall I invoice for its use contrary to its publish copyright license, for which you have by uploading it facebook you also granted others the right to use that image without paying any royalties. Artists have a right to respected, as well as appreciated.

Stewart posted a photo about the City of Melville annual art award, saying she “would love to see an annual arts award happening in the City of Fremantle” and Gnangarra Lake posted his comments there.

The mayoral candidate does not seem to appreciate that there is already a City of Fremantle annual national FAC Print Award that is very highly regarded. It has been held for over 40 years and is the richest and most prestigious print award in Australia, with a first prize of $ 16,000 and second prize of $ 6,000. It is held at the Fremantle Arts Centre, as the name suggests.

The Fremantle print award is distinctly different from the often mediocre art awards many councils put up every year, because it is of a much higher standard than that of most councils, with the exception of a few.

The internet has caused a lot of copyright abuse and people using other people’s creative images for their own often unauthorised use, so my sympathy is with Gnangarra Lake. Photographers, artists, designers, musicians, etc. have a right and need to get paid and credited for their work, as it is their profession and income source.

The photo is on Wikimedia with following conditions:

Attribution: Photographs by Gnangarra…
You are free:

  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:

  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).



I just received this comment to my blog from Gnangarra Lake at 3.38 pm so in fairness to Ra Stewart I’ll publish it here as readers might otherwise not see it:

The issue was resolved Ra has given credit as per the licensing terms on the image on Wikipedia. Ra has also graciously acknowledge the error and is making a donation to a charity


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