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On Assignment in Uganda: public transport – ‘Boda Bodas’ ©Jason Florio

BodaBoda – public transport, Kampala, Uganda ©Jason Florio

Boda Boda’ is the name given to one of the most ubiquitous, and cheapest, forms of public transport in East Africa – motorcycles and bicycles.

BodaBoda – public transport, Uganda ©Jason Florio
BodaBoda – public transport, Uganda ©Jason Florio
BodaBoda – public transport, Uganda ©Jason Florio

Seeing so many of them on the roads, in and around Kampala, reminded me of the Moto taxis we used in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea Conakry, whilst on the River Gambia Expedition

Helen & ‘moto’ rider, Ebu, and River Gambia Expedition team member, Ebou, with his rider – leaving Mali Ville, Guinea-Conakry © Jason Florio

‘According to our main moto taxi man, Ebu, when we were trying to make the initial, extremely protracted, deal with him: “Come, we go now, now! We will get to Kedougou (Senegal) in two hours” he assured us – compared to 6-7 hours in a vehicle. In the end, we haggled a deal for roughly $28 per person – down from $35 per person. Hey, when on a tight expedition budget, every single dollar saved counts…

At long last, almost 5 hours later, we were ready to hit the road. Ebu is still adamant that we would make Kedougou by dark. So much so, he very convincingly stated: “and I will return tonight, to Mali Ville, with a passenger from Kedougou, too!”. In actual fact, we would not reach Kedougou until 10 pm that evening!’ extract from the ‘River Gambia Expedition-1044km source-sea African odyssey’ blog by Helen Jones-Florio


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Yahya Jammeh herbal AIDS/HIV ‘cure’ – portraits © Jason Florio

Lamin Ceesay - took part in Yahya Jammeh AIDS/HIV herbal 'cure' trials, the Gambia - portrait ©Jason Florio

Lamin Ceesay – took part in Yahya Jammeh AIDS/HIV herbal ‘cure’ trials, the Gambia – portrait ©Jason Florio

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime

Lamin Ceesay was on of a number of HIV/AIDS patients coerced by former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, to stop taking their anti-retroviral drugs and be treated by him personally with his herbal HIV/AIDS ‘cure’. Jammeh’s treatment proved to be dangerous, and often fatal for many,… see more at floriophoto.com

#Portraits4PositiveChange

To find out more about this project, check out our GoFundMe page.

Jason Florio making #Portraits4PositiveChange, the Gambia - AIDS/HIV 'cure' patient, Lamin Ceesay ©Helen Jones-Florio

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

I am currently in the Gambia, West Africa, working on a long-term portrait series, ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime‘, #Portraits4PositiveChange, through January 2019. I am available for assignments – please contact me here

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Jason Florio Open Society Foundation – Instagram Takeover

Jason Florio Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover - 'Gambia - Victims and Resisters of a Regime

Open Society Foundation Instagram Takeover – images ©Jason Florio 

Open Society Foundation Jason Florio – Instagram Takeover

 

Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime’ #Portraits4PositiveChange.

 

‘Jason Florio shares his images from his ongoing series on citizens of the Gambia who were tortured under the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, and who are now stepping forward and demanding justice.’  Open Society Foundation.

 

To read more about why we are doing this project – GoFundMe. And, see more from this ongoing series at floriophoto.com.

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 Dec 2018 – Jan 2019, I’ll be in The Gambia

To carry on ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime

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Makasutu – fine art photography prints by Jason Florio

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

‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest

multi-award-winning black and white portraits by Jason Florio

‘With little command of the local language, I could only but ask my subjects to stand and look directly into the lens. With little direction on my part, I found that the subjects in front of the camera would become silently quizzical of themselves and how they wanted to be portrayed. I returned every year to Makasutu, up until 2010…’ Jason Florio

Makasutu portraits - 'Painted Face' - coming of age ceremonies, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

‘Painted Face’ – coming of age ceremonies, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Makasutu Portraits

Limited edition photography prints are available to purchase from helenjonesflorio.com gallery. For prices, editions, sizes, shipping, please visit ‘Print Orders‘ page on the gallery site.

Makasutu portraits - Ismaila on his horse, Jumpex - The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

Ismaila on his horse, Jumpex – The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio

View the whole ‘Makasutu’ series of portraits at helenjonesflorio.com. Please feel free to contact us with any queries.

Also, available

 ‘World at a Glance’

color photography prints by Jason Florio

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September-October 2018

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