Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fremantle ghosts..



Isn't it amazing how much spooky atmosphere can be created by using black and white. Yesterday we went to an exhibition held in what is rumoured to be the most haunted building in WA. The Fremantle Arts Centre's history is described to be 'as gothic as the building that houses it'! Built between 1861 and 1868 by convict labour it was originally called the 'Fremantle Lunatic Asylum' and later the 'Asylum for the Criminally Insane'. Many sad souls are said to roam here and it's possible, even probable that you wouldn't catch me visiting at night :) but as you can see under the blue WA winter sky it is a visually appealing building..


Anywhere that you enter through an arch is alright by moi :)


Okay, even in colour the shot below looks a little spooky.. if only Aimee had been with me she could have posed on the sofa, but there is a rumour that one of the ghosts likes redheads, so there's not much chance of getting her here :)


That's better.. nothing scary about sitting in the sun with coffee and muffins. What do you think of my new camera bag sitting on the table there, taking a bit of time getting used to it. How do you carry your camera gear around? Show you a bit of the exhibition tomorrow, it was incredibly beautiful. Have a good Tuesday, take care and stay safe..p.s. I've done it again, pressed the wrong button and instead of spam have removed all your lovely comments from last few posts, so sorry, idiot moi.. my brain will kick into action again any day now :)





33 comments:

  1. It seems like a good reuse of a place with such history, Grace!

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  2. A great reuse of the building indeed and so much mystery/history!! I love it! Terrific captures as always, Grace!! Hope your new week is off to a fun start! Enjoy!!

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  3. Yes, the shadows and black and white lend an aura of mystery about the building. Camera bag: I am too careless about my camera and seldom use a bag unless we are going on a trip. Need to treat my camera and lens better than I do now.

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  4. Glad they didn´t take me when we visited back in 2006 then, Grace ;-)
    No one told me!

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  5. An interesting building. The gate and the courtyard are lovely - very European. And don't you dare delete this comment :) I have a camera bag similar to yours.

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  6. Very curious the sofa under the tree! Arianna

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  7. A likely story probably invented by a redhead. :-)

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  8. That building is very attractive but, I agree it does appear to be a perfect place to harbor ghosts. Love the camera bag. Believe it or not, I carry mine around in my purse. You would not believe the trouble I go to get a purse that works just right. As for my big camera, I have a bag for it with places for the extra lenses. I find I only get that one out for special occasions now.

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  9. 'Ghosts' are only found when tourists are around!
    Lovely building and B&W does give a different image.

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  10. Of course your ghost title drew me in, I always love a good mystery, and you are right about the use of black and white. The entrance looks a bit like there's a spooky story ready to unfold, and that couch, is it made of concrete perhaps, is rather interesting too! Don't worry about those comments they're history now and you'll get lots more to read! Enjoy your day.

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  11. I'm sure I see a ghostly apparition or two in the pictures...

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  12. Sure is an interesting building. I usually delete fine comments when I try to operate my smart-phone.

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  13. I love that patio, so nice! Great snaps too.
    Have a Great Week!
    Peace :)

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  14. Looks like a very beautiful place.

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  15. My, you must have a really big lens to tuck away.
    Gothic by its very nature looks spooky to me. The stone colouring is really nice.

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  16. We share a Pacific era and the buildings left behind....... Be gentle with yourself!

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  17. The B&W is perfect. Much better way to handle the backlighting than color.

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  18. One of my favourite places (had an exhibition, years ago). Think I may know the lady in last pic! My little Cannon is carried in my pocket.

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  19. Always like your black & white photos. They are always so rich in tones. The garden looks like a lovely place to sit with a cup of coffee and a good book. Even if it is next to a haunted building.

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  20. I don't think I would be wandering through that building at night Grace.

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  21. What a BLUE sky and what a beautiful place.

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  22. The atmosphere in that first photo is amazing, Grace, so different from the second one !

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  23. I think the bag is alright isn't it. Just a normal camera bag. I don't have a camera bag, I put it in my handbag! But my camera isn't that big.

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  24. I love the buildings in Fremantle. This one is a beauty with an interesting past and spooks as well.Love the coffee shop area. Nice bag. I have a bag but usually just sling my camera around my neck and leave the bag in the car.

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  25. Years ago there used to be a lovely "Immigration Museum" in that building, then it disappeared and I haven't seen it go anywhere else. It's a lovely building, but didn't know about the "ghosts" either...
    I don't like to use my camera bag either, just carry my camera in the handbag or around my neck.

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  26. Doesn't look too cold there. Find a sun spot, I guess is the key.

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  27. This looks like a wonderful area to explore!

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  28. Oooh I love myself a good haunted place. I never hear or see anything, so I'm game for visiting!

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  29. I like it- it looks like a place with a lot of character!

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  30. Your first two photographs really point out sharply how color can change a photo. From your black and white, I thought you were experiencing gloomy weather.

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  31. Would love to browse around there!!
    You have captured the ambiance so well!!

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  32. If you hadn't said it was once an insane asylum I'd have thought it was someone's "castle." It does look spooky and kind of unfriendly on the outside but the inside is quite intriguing. I love your new camera bag!

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