Freo's View

DARK CLOUDS OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, historic, photography, rain, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

rain

 

There were some very black clouds over Fremantle when I drove onto the South Mole at 7am this morning, so there is still a bit of rain to come, by the look of it.

On my daily pilgrimage to Chalkys for my Espresso fix the light of the rising sun just hit the Roundhouse, with the very dark clouds as backdrop, which made for a dramatic photo.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S VIEW IS NINE YEARS OLD

 

In October 2009, so nine years ago, I decided to start this Freo’s View blog, and what a labour of love it has become.

I daily wander and drive the streets of our lovely city to look for things to photograph and write about, and I attend most Fremantle Council and council committee meetings, precinct and community consultation meetings, etc.

In the nine years of Freo’s View I have published 9,200 blog posts and close to 30,000 comments by the public, so the blog has become an important community forum.

I started the blog as a community service and don’t make any money from it, because the integrity of the blog is more important than trying to make money through advertising.

There is no political agenda, no agenda whatsoever! I am only interested in getting the best for Freo, the city I love and am very passionate about.

If I know something happens in Fremantle I will blog about it, so keep me informed about new ventures, events, concerts, art exhibitions, etc.etc. Just email roel.loopers@iinet.net.au.

Thank you all for your support, and keep those comments coming!

Roel Loopers

A DIFFERENT FREO PERSPECTIVE

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle port, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018

 

 

 

I love it how the perspective changes when one takes photos with longer lenses, and the very old Nikon 80-200mm F 2.8 I took this photo with is my all time favourite lens. It’s heavy metal, but brilliant

I took the photo this morning when the early sun lit up the old buildings at Queen Victoria Street, the Rainbow container art and the port cranes, with the backdrop of dark clouds.

Roel Loopers

SOUVENIR POSTERS AT GLEN COWANS PHOTO GALLERY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2018

 

Posters-poster

 

My friends Glen and Louise at the Fremantle Glen Cowans Photography Gallery next to the historic Roundhouse on Arthur’ Head have come up with a new idea. They had so many requests from visitors to buy the display posters that they have now bitten the bullet and produced them in house.

There are nine different  A 1 size posters printed in-house by Glen, as are all of the photos in the gallery, and they sell in a tube for just $ 40 each.

The gallery also sells limited edition prints on canvas,  small and large mounted prints and block mounted prints, as well as pendants, rings and earrings, so go and check it out, because Christmas is approaching fast

The gallery is at 9 Captain’s Lane at the end of historic High Street.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEDDING WALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized, wedding by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

Wedding Wall

 

What a great job the stonemasons have been doing on the Fremantle ‘Wedding Wall’ in Cliff Street!

Notre Dame University decided to give the old heritage wall some tender loving care and re-open all the arches in the wall. I believe it looks fantastic already, but there is still some detailing to be done and a new coat of paint.

The ‘Wedding Wall’ got its name because it is one of the favourite backdrops in Freo for wedding parties. The open arches create new opportunities for wedding photographers.

Roel Loopers

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HUNTING FOR FREMANTLE REFLECTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on September 3, 2018

 

heritage reflection

 

Hunting for reflections in Fremantle, in all kinds of reflective surfaces, is one of my personal delights.

I took this photo in Cliff Street of the Lionel Samson building reflected in the side of a parked car. The brilliant Sunday sunlight helped a lot.

Roel Loopers

BRILLIANT FREO FATHERS DAY AHEAD

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fathers day, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2018

 

High Street sunrise

 

What a beautiful start to FATHERS DAY it was with a clear blue sky, a brilliant sunrise and a nice crisp morning, but it will warm up a bit later today.

I hope all you perfect dads out there will get spoiled rotten by the kids!

The early sun lit up the northern side of historic High Street beautifully, so I had to take a photo of my favourite street in Freo, so that I could share it with you all.

The Growers Green Farmers Markets are on at Fremantle College, so take advantage of the sunshine and have a wander around there.

Roel Loopers

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CARING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, social services, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on September 1, 2018

 

AsEyeSeeIt

 

A new photo exhibition at the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum is well worth viewing

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

The collection of photographs aims to raise awareness about what it means to live in out-of-home care and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people.

View this free exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our their multipurpose community space.

Comment: This reminds me of the very moving Sight Unseen exhibition I curated many years ago at PICA, where I asked blind people to take photos of the three most important things in their life. The participants were then quoted underneath each photo as to why the image was so significant to them. Many visitors on the opening night had tears in their eyes.

Roel Loopers

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PRETTY PICTURE JUST PART OF THE STORY

Posted in arthur head, bicycles, city of fremantle, local government, rain, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2018

 

puddle

 

While the large rainwater puddle on the pedestrian and bicycle path below Fremantle’s Arthur’s Head creates this great reflection every time it rains, it is not very convenient for the very many people who travel along the path between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour.

The path is very popular with cyclists from South Fremantle and Coogee on their way to the railway station in the mornings, and is frequented by many hundreds of tourists daily.

The big storm with predicted six-metre high waves has not eventuated so far, so it was probably premature to suspend the Rottnest Island ferry services for the day.

Roel Loopers

 

REFLECTION OF HISTORIC FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle herald, Uncategorized by freoview on August 26, 2018

 

reflection Cliff Street

 

Another one of my street photo reflections.  This one is in a window of Notre Dame University of Cliff Street on the corner where the Fremantle Herald is.

The Chook is our only real Freo community paper so please support it by advertising in it! Community papers are doing it tough because of declining retail and several of them have already closed around Australia, so if you want the Herald to be there ‘forever’ support it!!

Roel Loopers

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