Faces of WA
Jasper Whitton is interesting. He loves playing video games and is a semi-pro gamer. He works for a brewery in Fremantle until he turns pro.
Photos & Words by Jean-Paul Horré.
Faces of W.A. is an ongoing project to document and explore the diverse range of amazing personalities that shape and define the extraordinary and rapidly growing landscape of Western Australia. Still referred to as the “wild west” coast, W.A. is home to an incredible boom in the resources industry and also well known for some of the world’s greatest nature reserves, both serving as a strong magnet for all walks of life from all over the world.
Morapoi Station is home to some 46 permanent residents who live and work on the station or nearby Menzies. Originally a remote community, Morapoi Station Stay was developed by the Wangkatha people as a place where they can share their culture with visitors, school groups and Aboriginal people from other areas.
Buddhist monks visit Fremantle and spend two weeks creating a sand mandala, a beautiful work of art, with colored sand. It is later destroyed in a ceremony that holds many meanings, one of which is to show how material things are truly not the important things life.
Australia Day has many spontaneous traditions to celebrate the Aussie spirit. This year in WA it was a 42 degree holiday which inspired this house party to conduct a “how-many-people-can-fit-in-a-kiddie-pool” contest. Everyone is a winner.
Spiderman takes a moment to think before running in the annual HBF Run For A Reason race in Perth.
The Tent Embassy on Heirisson Island was a camp erected in protest to the on going issues of native land title claims between indigenous people and the government.
John Butler plays at the Save The Kimberly concert hosted by the Fremantle Esplande. More than 20,000 people showed up and a majority participated in a protest through downtown Fremantle.
A man walks by the South Beach toilets in Fremantle in the early morning after Australia Day where “Under The Southern Cross I Stand,” the victory song of the Australian cricket team, was spray painted on the wall. It was painted over with in an hour of this photograph.
Nate Kell is The Ginga Ninja, a professional street and circus performer. He karate kicks through hoops of fire and he is deadly with his rubber chickens.
Nel Simpson is a freelance performing artist from Fremantle who specialises in aerial circus and teaches circus workshops in Fremantle.
TK is a well known street artist and die-hard skateboarder living in Fremantle.
To see more of JP’s fine work go to www.facesofwa.com, and spread the word about his very cool project.