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‘Stelle Del Mare’ – Postcards from Malta, by Jason Florio

‘Stelle Del Mare’ frame #8 ‘The Philosophers, Stoned’ – Image ©Jason Florio

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‘Stelle Del Mare’ – 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.

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 Floriophotographer/filmmaker

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In isolation between a ‘Rock and a Hot Place‘ - photojournalist Jason Florio, standing with his mum's dog, 'Space'. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio, April 2020
In isolation between aRock and a Hot Place‘ – photographer, Jason Florio, with his mum’s dog, ‘Space’. Our constant companion, during lockdown in the UK Image ©Helen Jones-Florio, April 2020

Current Location: September 2020 – Malta

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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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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

Current Location: AUGUST 2020 – Malta

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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

Current Location: AUGUST 2020 – Malta

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