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Happy New Year, 2021 – River Gambia, West Africa

A woman checks her traps on the River Gambia, Senegal, in the early  hours of the morning, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
A migrant fisherwoman checks her traps on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

Here’s hoping for a happier, healthier 2021 for one and all

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CURRENT LOCATION: JANUARY 2021

THE GAMBIA, WEST AFRICA

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One The Vodun Trail - Benin. A voodoo priest with a python wrapped around his head, Temple of Pythons, Ouida, Benin, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

On The Vodun Trail – Benin. Images ©Jason Florio

On the Vudon Trail - Benin. A Voodoo temple at the stilted village of Ganvié, Lake Nokoue, Benin. The walls are decorated with voodoo symbols ©Jason Florio
A Voodoo temple at the stilted village of Ganvié, Lake Nokoue, Benin. The walls are decorated with voodoo symbols. Image ©Jason Florio / The New York Times

On the Vodun Trail – Vodun practitioners in Benin worship a pantheon of gods and lesser deities that inhabit objects ranging from stones to waterfalls. They believe that the spirits of their ancestors dwell among them, and they employ talismans, or “fetishes” like dried animal parts, for spiritual and physical rejuvenation as well as for protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers.

A Voodoo temple at the stilted village of Ganvié on Lake Nokoue, Benin. The Voodoo priest Salako Hannyi in his temple, Benin, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio
A Voodoo temple at the stilted . Voodoo priest, Salako Hannyi, in his temple, in the village of Ganvié on Lake Nokoue, Benin, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio/The New York Times

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“Le vodun is Africa. It is the faith of our ancestors,” I was told by Dagbo Hounon Houna II, the spiritual chief of vodun in Benin, where 20 percent of the population, or a million people, practice pure vodun and another 40 percent embrace a form that incorporates Christian iconography. A retired civil servant in his 50s, he received me in a rondavel, a circular hut, inside a compound on the outskirts of Ouidah…

Excerpt from: ‘On the Vodun Trail’ in Benin Published in The New York Times Words by Joshua Hammer and photographs by Jason Florio

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One The Vodun Trail - At the entrance of the Thron voodoo temple in Ouida, Benin a small hole is dug where a package is placed at the Thron temple, Ouidah,Benin. Image ©Jason Florio
One The Vodun Trail – At the entrance of the Thron voodoo temple in Ouida, Benin, a small hole is dug where a package is placed. Image ©Jason Florio/ The New York Times
One The Vodun Trail - Benin.A priest at the Thron voodoo temple and devotees handle a wrapped object they call 'The Source' at the Thron temple, Ouidah,Benin. Image ©Jason Florio
One The Vodun Trail – A priest at the Thron voodoo temple and devotees handle a wrapped object they call ‘The Source’ at the Thron temple, Ouidah, Benin. Image ©Jason Florio/The New York Times

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A female voodoo devotee dances and sings, with others who beat drums at the Thron temple, Ouidah,Benin. Image ©Jason Florio
Voodoo devotees dance, sing and beat drums at the Thron temple, Ouidah,Benin. Image ©Jason Florio/The New York Times

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Media: Movable Beast – rhino relocation, Dodho Magazine

Rhino relocation, South Africa, 'Movable Beast' Dodho Magazine. Images © Jason Florio

Rhino relocation, South Africa ‘Movable Beast’ – Dodho Magazine. Images © Jason Florio

 

Rhino relocation, South Africa – ‘I rode along on the first convoy operated by  Rhinos Without Borders from Free State, South Africa, to the Okavango Delta – a 1500km journey with 15 rhinos– this was the largest transportation of rhinos ever attempted. The rhinos were owned by a Free State farmer whose farm had come under attack by poachers on a number of occasions. He decided that it was safer for the his family and the rhinos to have them relocated by Rhinos Without Borders to Botswana…’ words/images ©Jason Florio / Dodho Magazine

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Rhino relocation, South Africa, 'Movable Beast' Dodho Magazine. Images © Jason Florio

Rhino relocation, South Africa ‘Movable Beast’ – Dodho Magazine. Images © Jason Florio

 

The original – full –  feature is available to view on Jason Florio’s website, from the 1500km journey, in September 2017, whilst on assignment for Smithsonian Magazine, with the writer, Todd Pitock.

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Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

#Portraits4PositiveChange

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20 years of documentary photography by Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography - Mile 2 Prison, Yahya Jammeh, portraits of victims of Jammeh, mages © Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

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The Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography – all rights reserved. Spanning over twenty years of documentary photography and multimedia, in the small West African country. For image licensing, please contact here. All images, from assignments around the globe, floriophoto.com.

Exclusive images from inside the notorious Mile 2 Prison, the Gambia

‘My 5-Star hotel’ as the prison was called by the defeated former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, whose autocratic rule lasted for 22 years.

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio documentary photography

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa Images ©Jason Florio

A prisoner shouts from the window of his cell, Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

 

‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’

#Portraits4PositiveChange

Yusupha Mbye - student shot during peaceful protest - Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime - Portraits4PositiveChange Portraits ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Victims and Resisters of a Regime – Portraits4PositiveChange ©Jason Florio, the Gambia

Gambia Jason Florio documentary photography

Currently working on a long-term portrait series ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘, with Helen Jones-Florio.

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Jason Florio – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio with Yusupha Mbye – making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio.

20 years of documentary photography

by Jason Florio, in The Gambia

#GambiaHasDecided

President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Gambia poses for a portrait at Kairaba Hotel, Senegambia ©Jason Florio

President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Gambia, Jan 2017 ©Jason Florio.

Masses celebrate the inauguration of , President Adama Barrow, after the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio, Gambia

Masses celebrate the inauguration of President Adama Barrow, after the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh ©Jason Florio.

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio

Ex-President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, 2014, Roots Homecoming Festival © Jason Florio/Getty Images.

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‘We never Gave up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’

River Gambia Expedition

20 years of documentary photography

by Jason Florio, in The Gambia

‘Makasutu’

'Abdou with Rescued Crocodile' fine art prints © Jason Florio

‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ fine art photography prints © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’

‘River Gambia’

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Row #1 – 21/01/2017 supporters of the defeated President, Yahya Jammeh, at Banjul International Airport, congregate to watch the departure of Jammeh for exile in Equatorial Guinea, after 22- years of autocratic rule.

Row #2 – 03/2017 Inside the notorious Mile 2 Prison, The Gambia

Row #3 – 2016-ongoing – portraits of the victims and resisters of the Jammeh regime

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