black and white portraits of the powerful trans-women of Guyana Trans United. Images © Jason Florio

The powerful trans-women of Guyana Trans United

black and white portraits of the powerful trans-women of Guyana Trans United. Images © Jason Florio
Portraits of the powerful trans-women of Guyana Trans United. Images © Jason Florio

A recent stroll into my archive took me back to Guyana 2018 and the powerful trans-women of Guyana Trans United.
These stills were taken during the shooting of the documentary ‘A Blossom Pink World’ I directed and shot along with @zanededlow – an assignment for Frontline Aids, NGO, about the struggles and successes of the trans community in the Guyanese capital Georgetown. Jason Florio – photographer & filmmaker

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Vimeo - A Blossom Pink World, LGBT Guyana - a film by Jason Florio & Zane Dedlow
A Blossom Pink World, LGBT Guyana – a film by Jason Florio & Zane Dedlow

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Stelle del Mare Images ©Jason Florio a small group of men bathing in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta

‘Stelle Del Mare’. Images ©Jason Florio, Mediterranean Life

‘Stelle Del Mare’ (stars of the sea) – The people, they arrive to you early seeking your silky salty comfort. Some are old men who trace the sign of the cross on their chests before submerging into you, some are looking to you to hide their inhibitions and sexual gamings, some are drunks seeking solace from an all-nighter. You do not discriminate and welcome all.

'Stelle del Mare'(stars of the sea) Images ©Jason Florio a semi-naked woman bathing in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta
‘Stelle del Mare'(stars of the sea) Images ©Jason Florio a woman bathes in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta

‘Stelle Del Mare’

I have spent years on the road attempting to tell the stories of others. In this time of COVID ‘lockdowns’ and seemingly unending up-endings of our lives, I have needed to slip into a more contemplative state; looking for a less literal and more visceral form of storytelling. This new ongoing series of ‘postcards’ from our Malta window and close by, onto the Mediterranean sea was born of the subconscious – a speechless full moon that nudges my conscious minds-eye to react – but whatever story there might be in the frame, is open to imagination, interpretation and meditation… Jason Florio / follow @jasonflorio Instagram to see the ‘Stelle Del Mare’ series unfold

'Stelle del Mare'(stars of the sea) Images ©Jason Florio a 2 men bathing in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta
‘Stelle del Mare'(stars of the sea) Images ©Jason Florio two men bathing in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta

Featured/header image ‘Stelle del Mare’ ©Jason Florio – a group of men bathing in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta. See more @jasonflorio/Instagram

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Press: El Pais – ‘Tribal Royalty’. Portraits of Gambian Chiefs and Elders by Jason Florio

PRESS: El Pais 'Tribal Royalty' (1/6) - portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders. Taken whilst on a 930km circumnavigation of the Gambia, West Africa
PRESS: El Pais ‘Tribal Royalty’ (1/6) – portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders

‘REALEZA TRIBAL’

Muchas gracias a El País por presentar mis retratos de jefes y ancianos de Gambia. Jason Florio, photographer/filmmaker
PRESS: El Pais 'Tribal Royalty' (4/6) - portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders. Taken whilst on a 930km circumnavigation of the Gambia, West Africa
PRESS: El Pais ‘Tribal Royalty’ (4/6) – portraits by Jason Florio of Gambian chiefs (alkalos) and elders.

El Pais’ Opinion’ page ran the portraits for 6 days last week, both online and in hard copy. Jason Florio’s portraits form part of a larger body of work, ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’. Formal portraits of Gambian chiefs (the ‘Alkalos’) and elders, taken whilst on the first fully documented circumnavigation of The Gambia, West Africa, entirely by foot – 930km. With producer, and photographer, Helen Jones-Florio.

‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’

'Silfando' Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse ©Jason Florio. Portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders from a 930km walk around the Gambia, West Africa
‘Silafando’ – Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse. Image © Jason Florio

Along with Jason, the small expedition team also consisted of producer, and photographer, Helen Jones-Florio, three Gambians (Samba, Janneh, and Modou), and two donkeys (‘Paddy’ and ‘Neil’, kindly loaned to the team from The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust charity) – to pull the cart of camera equipment, and camping gear. To read some of the road stories, and see behind-the-scenes images, from the walk, please visit Helen’s blog ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey

The expedition team at dawn - leaving Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio
Dawn – the expedition team leaving the village of Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

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