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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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Photography Presentation: ‘River Gambia Source-to-Sea’ Jason Florio’s African odyssey. Avantech, Malta

Horses swimming across River Gambia © Jason Florio

Horses swimming across River Gambia © Jason Florio

Photography Presentation

River Gambia

Source-to-Sea

 Jason Florio’s African Odyssey

Event: held by Avantech/Canon Malta

Date: September 5th, 2017

Time: 7.3opm-9.30pm*

Venue: Avantech, Avantech Building, Saint Julians Road, San Gwann, Malta – view map

Our lecturer for the evening will be Jason Florio, a freelance documentary photographer with a focus on under reported stories about people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict. His work has been recognized with a number of international awards including most recently, the Magnum Photography Award for photojournalism. He is a proud Fellow of The Royal Geographical SocietyMore details here

West African men punt a raft carrying a water pump to irrigate banana plantations, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

A group of West African men punt a raft carrying a water pump to irrigate banana plantations, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

Helen Jones-Florio/Jason Florio - River Gambia, Mandinaring Balong - photo by Ebou Jarju

Helen Jones-Florio/Jason FlorioRiver Gambia Expedition, Mandinaring Balong – photo by Ebou Jarju

Jason Florio will be talking us through how he and his wife,  Helen Jones-Florio, made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia, West Africa, by foot with two donkeys – a 930km expedition, to create a modern day photographic account of daily life in the country. Two years later they returned to West Africa and co-led the first recorded expedition of the River Gambia along its 1130km hippo infested course. More details here

*Registration is required. The course will be open to the first 30 people to register.

Jason Florio, Ebou Jarju, and Abdou Ndong, preparing two canoes to set sail, Bonto Pier, River Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio, Ebou Jarju, and Abdou Ndong, Bonto Pier, River Gambia Expedition © Helen Jones-Florio

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'Silafando' portraits of village chiefs and elders, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

‘Silafando’ award-winning portraits of village chiefs and elders, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – taken whilst on a 930km walk

The expedition team at dawn - leaving Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Dawn – leaving Khalaji, The Gambia, West Africa – A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African Odyssey © Jason Florio

Life along 1044km of the River Gambia, West Africa – images © Jason Florio

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UPDATEMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 – after almost 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic and the end of our journey.

– See more at: http://www.rivergambiaexpedition.com/#sthash.WAPZSXcI.dpuf

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‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

Images © Jason Florio

 

UPDATEMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 – after almost 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic and the end of our journey.

– See more at: http://www.rivergambiaexpedition.com/#sthash.WAPZSXcI.dpuf

UPDATEMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 – after almost 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic and the end of our journey.

– See more at: http://www.rivergambiaexpedition.com/#sthash.WAPZSXcI.dpuf