Snapshots of Fremantle

August 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Over the past few weeks, I've been taking my camera with me as I walked around my home town of Fremantle in Western Australia. Sometimes one of the biggest challenges in photography is photographing your own town. Until I begun looking really closely, the town seemed really boring, simply because I saw it so often that it lost its value. One of my favourite photos from all the ones I shot was this one of Market street, the main street that runs straight through the town. Usually, it's difficult to cross from one side to the other because of the amount of traffic. Fortunately, as I happened to be walking across however, the traffic just stopped! Anyone who has visited Fremantle knows just how rare this shot is!  

This is another one of my favourites, which pretty much sums up the town. The statue in the foreground is of Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC. Bon grew up and spent much of his adolescnece in Fremantle, where he is now buried. In the background, are the fishing boats of Fremantle, which were and to a certain extent still are the heart and soul of the town.  

This is the front of a building, which was demolished a number of years ago. Behind the wall is a carpark, but the facade was kept intact to comply with heritage laws. This is one of the oddities of Fremantle, the history of which is only known to some locals.

This final image is one near the Maritime Museum. The town is composed largely of migrants, many of whom arrived around the time of World War Two. Unfortunately, some of those who came over were children, most of whom were sent over by their parents, hoping for a better life. This is commemorated by this statue, and the names of all those who migrated displayed on the 'Welcome Walls,' which can be seen in the background. 

Over time, there will be more posts of my images from Fremantle, as I continue to discover the town in which I live.

 

 


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