Respect and Thanks: crowdfunding

The River Gambia Expedition - Our unique way of thanking all those who helped us achieve this

Mission Accomplished – January 21st 2013! We made it – 1000km+ from the Fouta Djallon Highlands, in Guinea-Conakry – the Atlantic Ocean, in Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

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You all made this expedition possible – with your participation in ‘An Exchange’ and the Kickstarter campaign – in exchange for donations we offered Jason Floiro’s limited edition fine photography art prints, taken whilst on the River Gambia Expedition . For that, we were immensely humbled by your support and unprecedented generosity.

Before we first sent out our fundraising email , and later Kickstarter, we tried to think of a unique way of saying thank you to everyone who chipped in. And, along the way, we had fun doing this…so many people we met on the journey, who participated when we explained, loved the idea of it – and/or loved the camera! Either way, it worked out really well.

We have many more to come so please keep an eye out, if you donated, we’ll be putting up the photos as we wade through 3 months of images!

Florio is now in edit mode – all those images to go through take some doing! However, once we’ve done this, for all those who donated $100+, we’ll be putting together a PDF of a series of exclusive, limited edition expedition images. But, as promised, for every single person who helped us out, here are our personal thanks all the way from West Africa; taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odssey’

We hope you enjoy the ‘thank yous’ – as much as we enjoyed capturing them.

Love, Respect & Massive Thanks!

The Florios (Helen & Flo) x

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Fredrik Broden, Dallas, Texas – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

‘I’m sitting in Mexico w a tear in my eye and a lump I my throat, thanks for the beautiful gesture. What a worthy cause. So glad I could help out in a small way.’ Fredrik Broden

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Julie Grahame -aCurator, Brooklyn, NY – River Gambia, Senegal

“You guys rock!” Julie Grahame/aCurator

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Robert Wright, NY, USA – The River Gambia, Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

‘happy to be able to help out. good luck out there in the hinterland! Be well! Make pictures!’ Robert Wright Photo

Robert 'Bob' Jones - who was our very first donor © Jason Florio, Kedougou, Senegal

Robert ‘Bob’ Jones – who was our very first donor © Jason Florio, Kedougou, Senegal

“Here’s a little help…I will be following your adventure. Be safe doing the good work. Your friend, Bob” Robert Jones

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Mike – Opencast Software - , Sarah, Elizabeth & Gabe O’Brien, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

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Oskar Landi.com & Leslie Norvelle ‘Finding the Funk’ movie’ – Kedougou, Senegal

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‘Jawa’ Jean Philipe Minart, Paris, France – Bonto, River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa

We did not took the pirogue (through Niokolo Koba) and made our trip by the road. So bring back the images ! I’m dying to see them ! appreciated’ Jawa – Jean Philipe Minart

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Danielle Pergament and Devin Friedman, Frankie and Fin – Tendaba, River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa

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Tyler Carter, USA – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

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Teru Kuwayana, NY, USA – Bonto, River Gambia, The Gambia

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Suzy ‘oi hippo, SOD OFF!’ Peters, Hampstead Village, London, UK – The River Gambia, Senegal

“Can I come?!” Suzy Peters

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Imke Oster, New York, USA – Balingo Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa

- ‘So excited about your trip and experience – I will be sitting in my office vicariously living through you – be careful!’ Imke Oster

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Kristen Wendt, NYC, NY, USA – River Gambia, Wassadou, Senegal

‘Your expeditions are so inspiring and I so enjoy hearing your stories…safe travels to you both. I can’t wait to read more as you guys begin your trip!’ Kristen Wendt

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TRUNK Magazine, NYC, NY, USA – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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Fabri Martinelli – Kartong, The Gambia

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The Sgobbi famiglia, Roma, Itay – The Gambia, West Africa

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Andreas Garcia, Miami, Florida – Bonto, The Gambia, West Africa

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Andy Katz Photography, California, USA – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

- ‘I’m very impressed with your project and wish you a wonderful trip. When you return to New York let’s get together I will supply the wine and food you supply the stories. All the best and happy trails’ Andy Katz Photography

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Mandy Dakin – mandoux.co.uk - Bath, Somerset – Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Good luck with your adventure. I have spread the word and will keep doing it!’ Mandy Dakin – mandoux.co.uk

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Nigel & Louisa Biggar, Toronto, Canada – Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa

‘we look forward to getting updates from you so that we can follow your progress’. Nigel & Louisa Biggar

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Stefan Falke Photography, Brooklyn, NY – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Thanks and good luck !!! Love your project and wish I could come along !! Haha …’ Stefan Falke Photography

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Tempy Wright, Austin, TX, USA – Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa

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Neil, Nicola, Harry & Grace Cooper, Scarborough, UK – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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Ray Jarrell Entertainment, Brooklyn, NY – ‘Shadow’ Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

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Alison Correll, USA – Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa

My sister is in the Peace Corp in Senegal right now and had the chance to travel down the Gambia river, she said it was beautiful. Good luck and watch out for hippos!’ Alison Correll

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Heather, Mick, Jake and Sean, Desford, Leicestershire, UK – The Alkalo (chief) of Balingo Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa

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Craig Howarth and Molly Gross, Brooklyn, NY – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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Richard Glynn – Wideyed, UK – Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Good luck with the rest of the fundraising! A small donation from a fellow photographer” Richard Glynn – Wideyed

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Gilly Clifford & Sam Roberts – ‘Ghost Signs’, and Curvso (VSO’s in Cambodia) Cambodia, SE Asia- Jangjangbureh, The Gambia, W Africa

I just wanted to say good luck with the fund raising and the expedition. Watch out for all the hippos! I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing experience!’ Gilly Clifford & Sam Roberts

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Christina Russo, California, USA – Balingo Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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Joanne Jones/Rabart, Bath, UK – Jangjangbureh, The Gambia, West Africa

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Michael and Liz Horlick, Hyattsville, MD, USA – Brefert, River Gambia, West Africa

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Jonathan Bulkeley, NYC, NY, USA – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Love you guys and can’t wait to see you upon your return…proud to be a sponsor!’ Jonathan Bulkeley

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Elizabeth Froemke, NYC, NY, USA – Wassaou, Senegal, West Africa

” I’m so excited about the expedition! Such an awesome idea. Will be checking in regularly and wish you both the most wonderful trip!” Elizabeth Froemke

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Ros Harris, Cheltenham, UK -SSSGambia.co.uk – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

Best of luck for your amazing adventure!‘ Ros Harris SSSGambia

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hne & Benjamin, New York, USA – The River Gambia, Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

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Ysais Martinez – River Gambia, Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

I have been following your work for a couple of years now. Good luck on this new adventure and I hope that you raise the necessary funds to accomplish it…I am praying that it meets your goals so you guys can go on the expedition!’ Ysais Martinez

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The Senegal Experience, UK – River Gambia, Mako, Senegal, West Africa

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Dimiter Kenarov, Istanbul, Turkey – Brefert, The Gambia, West Africa

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Claudes Patisserie, W4th St, NYC, NY, USA – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

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Galit Zadok, London, UK – Balingo Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa

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Theresa Raffetto, NYC, NY, USA – River Gambia, Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa

Wishing you both safety and fun on your travels!’ Theresa Raffetto

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Karl and Janna Leblanc, Florida, USA – Kuntaur Wharf, The Gambia, West Africa

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Louis Christopher Photography, NYC, NY – Brefert, The Gambia, West Africa

‘hope you have a great expedition!’ Louis Christopher

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Maggie Soladay & Salaam Garage, NYC, NY, USA – Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

‘I was thinking.. whats stopping me. I own too many shoes and no Florios. So done. Can’t wait to see what you two come back with. Sounds so wonderful, and tough, and mysterious, and important.’ Maggie Soladay and Salaam Garage

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Noreen Meehan, Crystal Palace, London, UK – Bantaco gold mines, Senegal, West Africa

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Giovanni Savino NYC, NY, USA – Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

‘This is my way of saying that I wholeheartedly admire your work and wish you to have great success in this new voyage…I am looking forward to your updates and, again, wish you all the best, looking forward to seeing many extraordinary images soon !!’ Giovanni Savino

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Robert Goldstein & Sandra Turnbull, Camden, UK – Kuntaur, The Gambia, West Africa

‘All The Best’-Robert Goldstein

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Viviane Moos Photography, NYC, NY – Kemoto Point, The Gambia

‘I think your project is great which is why I am supporting you ! I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing the adventures you are going to experience – and I agree – watch out for the hippos!’ Viviane Moos Photography

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Ted Sonnier, Houston, Texas, USA – River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

‘I am ready for you guys to get going. I need a story worth reading at the end of my day.’Ted Sonnier

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Krista Dills, Atlanta, Georgia, USA – River Gambia, Wassadou, Senegal, West Africa

“Good luck you two! Be Safe! Can’t wait to read the stories and see the pictures.” Krista Dills

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Fiona Cullinan, touristvstraveller.wordpress.com , Birmingham, UK – Kemoto Point, The Gambia

“Sounds like a wonderful expedition! Great to see you making it happen, despite the collapse in media budgets! Looking forward to seeing the reports and your new fine art photography collection (from the expedition)” Fiona Cullinan, touristvstraveller.wordpress.com

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Joanne Jones, Charlotte and Duncan, Lavignton, Wiltshire, UK – Balingo Point, The Gambia

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Kay, Macaulay & Georgie, Scarbrough, N Yorks, UK – Tendaba Camp, The Gambia

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Carlos Molina, NYC, NY, USA – River Gambia, Balingo Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa

- ‘Wishing you guys all the luck in the world….. will see you when you return to NY‘. Carlos Molina,

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Jane Coxwell, USA – River Gambia, Wassadou, Senegal, West Africa

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Magdelene Teo – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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Michael Mut/Love Yourself Project, NYC – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

Claire 'Cakes n Pies' Rich © Jason Florio, Kedougou, Senegal

Claire ‘Cakes n Pies’ Rich © Jason Florio, Kedougou, Senegal

‘Have a safe and wonderful expedition and look forward to seeing you soon’. Claire ‘Cakes n Pies’ Rich

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Albetza (‘Tinka’) & Keiron O’Conner.com

‘This (donation) should cover the hippo repellent! Please take care, take lots of beautiful pictures, write loads of wonderful stories and come back unharmed! Looking forward to hear the stories on your return. We’ll keep an eye on the blog. All the best, Keiron and Alzbeta x’ Keiron O’Conner.com & Tinka

Monica Pozzi 'OBODNY' © Jason Florio - Kedougou, Senegal

Monica Pozzi ‘OBODNY’ © Jason Florio – Kedougou, Senegal

“Following you on all channels and very jealous of your expedition despite the mosquitos. 24 bites simultaneously my record. Take me with you and you won’t get bitten! They always love me wherever I go!” Monica Pozzi

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Karen Russo, NYC, NY, USA – Congratulations on your marriage! – Wassadou, Senegal, West Africa

“Best wishes on your journey! Can’t wait to see your photographs and read your writing!” Karen Russo

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Stella Kramer.com © Jason Florio – The Gambia, West Africa

Sari Goodfriend.com © Jason Florio - 'Leo' the tortoise, The Gambia, West Africa

Sari Goodfriend.com © Jason Florio – ‘Leo’ the tortoise, The Gambia, West Africa

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Alex Gloworld soundcloud.com/gloworldsounds , Northampton, UK – Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Glad to be able to contribute, looks like you will be having another exciting adventure…Best of luck and I am looking forward to following your exploits!’ Alex Gloworld

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Rodger, Wendy, Nana, Elliot, Tyrone and Jacob – The Florios! © Jason Florio – Mali Ville, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea

Mum (Thelma) and Sandy © Helen Jones-Florio - Hore Dimma, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea

Mum (Thelma) and Sandy © Helen Jones-Florio – Hore Dimma, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea

David & Lucie Coke and Mnr 'tickle on the tum' Albert! © Jason Florio, Mali Ville, Fouta Djallon Highlands (Dame de Mali in the background)

David & Lucie Coke and Mnr ‘tickle on the tum’ Albert! © Jason Florio, Mali Ville, Fouta Djallon Highlands (Dame de Mali in the background)

“To get you on your way you hairy bikers!” David & Lucie Coke

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Ryan Heffernan ryanheffernan.com – Hore Dimma, Fouta Djallon, Guinea-Conakry

“It looks like an incredible journey. Hope it all falls into place.” Ryan Heffernan Photography

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Isabella ‘rock-a-fella’ Kimberlin – Bansang, The Gambia

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Alan Huntley, Florida, USA – Balingo Tenda, The Gambia

‘Do you need a canoe carrier for your trip? I do standup paddle board carriers but I think I might be able to make a canon carrier for you. Free of course. I am grow up in South Africa. I love Africa and photography.’ Alan Huntley

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Christy Nielsen, Omak, Washington, USA – Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

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Kay & Tommy Adams, Seattle, Washington, USA – Balingo Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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The Gambia Experience, UK – Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

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Gabriella Nissen, USA : Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

“You are welcome for the donation. I hope you both have a successful expedition” Gabriella Nissen Photography

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Andy Needham – UNHCR, Nairobi, East Africa: The River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

Hi Jason, Helen, stay clear of the crocs! Keep away from things with sharp teeth! All the best, Andy’ Andy Needham – UNHCR

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Chris Bartlett, NY, USA : Women washing on the banks of The River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

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Claire and Glenn Pott, Queensland, Australia : Wassadou Camp, Senegal, West Africa

Sounds like you will be having an amazing journey. We look forward to reading all your updates (before, during and after!). Good luck Jason and Helen. Sending lots of Aussie love and well wishes!” Claire and Glenn Pott,

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Ellen Mai, California, USA : The River Gambia, Mako, Senegal, West Africa

“I’m so excited for you both and quite proud! I wish all the best for a safe and productive expedition” Ellen Mai – Somlia Report

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George and Anna Lee Paul, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA – Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

Dear Jason and Helen, This is exciting! I hope that the Mungo Park map from Princeton might get to play some role in your expedition. I wish you the best of luck on the journey and look forward to following your progress! ‘ George and Anna Lee Paul

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Chris Shaw Hughes, Artist, West Sussex UK – Bonto, The Gambia, West Africa

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Hakim Bourbita, Waverly Wines, 6th Ave and 8th St, NYC – Kemoto Point, The Gambia, West Africa

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Matthew Fishbane, NYC – Balingo, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Goodspeed, kids! Now get out there and kick some butt!’ Matt Fishbane

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Stephanie Carron, Paris, France – Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

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Linda Levitt, NYC, USA – Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

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Vanessa Hodge – The Hodge Centre - London, UK – Balingo, The Gambia, West Africa

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Michael Mallinson, Canada – Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

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Thomas Donley, NYC, USA – Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

. “I wish you and your entire team, very well. Here’s to great adventures!!! I look forward to the updates…Enjoy! Enjoy Enjoy!” Thomas Donley

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Ken Shung, NYC, USA – Fatoto, The Gambia, West Africa

‘have a mega time on your journey and looking forward to hearing about along the way~ have a good time and see you back in new york when you get back stateside, warmly, Ken ;-) ))’ Ken Shung

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Leela Rupa, Brooklyn, NY, USA – Balingo, The Gambia, West Africa

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Jonathan Fine & Diane Blaine Fine – Freed Pictures - NYC, NY, USA-Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Good luck on the incredible journey’ Jonathan Fine & Diane Blaine Fine - Freed Pictures

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Scott Overholser, NYC, NY, USA – Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

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Shannon Coppin – Yoga Dog Training – Vancouver, Canada – Kaur, The Gambia, West Africa

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BookMEQuick / Grant Clifford, London, UK – River Gambia, Bansang, The Gambia, West Africa

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Kerrie Nanni, Washington DC, USA – Bonto, The Gambia, West Africa

Your journey sounds very interesting, and I wonder if you would be interested in speaking to folks at the American Corner (Banjul) here at the end of your journey.’ Kerrie Nanni

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Michel Delsol Photography, NYC, USA – Brefet, The Gambia, West Africa

‘Bon Voyage! Wishing you all the best on your adventures’ Michel Delsol, NYC

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Lori Hawkins, NYC, USA – Balingo Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa

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Julie Grahame-aCurator, Brooklyn, NY – River Gambia, Senegal

 

Patty & Tim Mack - New Orleans (Captain Patricia Mack – a 9/11 hero. Please click on her name to find out how Florio photographed her during the madness of that fateful day)

Robert ‘Rob’ Jones – Fort Myers, Florida, USA Robert ‘Rob’ Jones – Fort Myers, Florida, USA “Here’s a little help…I will be following your adventure. Be safe doing the good work. Your friend, Bob”

The Cohen’sYaffa, Nachem et al – our Greenwich Village ‘family’, NYC & Israel

Ted SonnierHouston, Texas, USA ‘I am ready for you guys to get going. I need a story worth reading at the end of my day.’

Ryan HeffernanPhotographer – Santa Fe & San Francisco, USA “It looks like an incredible journey. Hope it all falls into place.”

Ellen Hunter Mai - Somalia Report – Orange County, California, USA “I’m so excited for you both and quite proud! I wish all the best for a safe and productive expedition”

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Monica Pozzi - global – photography “Following you on all channels and very jealous of your expedition despite the mosquitos. 24 bites simultaneously my record. Take me with you and you won’t get bitten! They always love me wherever I go!”

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Christy NielsenWashington State, USA – 4th Wall Relief, Burma

Thelma & Sandy Youngson, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

David Willems - Photographer – New York, USA. “Thanks for the inspiring promise of the expedition’s results; can’t wait to see the photos! I wish I could be there and hopefully I’ll be brave enough to make such an endeavor myself one day”

Gabriella NissenPhotographer – Houston, Texas, USA. “You are welcome for the donation. I hope you both have a successful expedition”

Krista Dills – Atlanta, Georgia, USA “Good luck you two! Be Safe! Can’t wait to read the stories and see the pictures.”

Josh DickPhotographer- Brooklyn, NY, USA“Good luck guys. Safe travels and enjoy. I look forward to following your progress and seeing the work.”

Michael Mut & The LOVE YOURSELF Project – Brooklyn, NYC, USA

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Suzy PetersHampstead Village, London, UK. “Can I come?!”

Amanda Hewitt - Woolacombe, N Devon, UK

Karen Russo & CocoGreenwich Village, NYC, USA. “Best wishes on your journey! Can’t wait to see your photographs and read your writing!”

Julie Grahame – aCurator - Brooklyn, NY, USA. “You guys rock!”

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Thomas Donley – Photographer - New York, NY, USA. “I wish you and your entire team, very well. Here’s to great adventures!!! I look forward to the updates…Enjoy! Enjoy Enjoy!”

Elizabeth FroemkeNew York, NY, USA ” I’m so excited about the expedition! Such an awesome idea. Will be checking in regularly and wish you both the most wonderful trip!”

Claire & Glenn PottQueensland, AustraliaSounds like you will be having an amazing journey. We look forward to reading all your updates (before, during and after!). Good luck Jason and Helen. Sending lots of Aussie love and well wishes!”

David and Lucie Coke (and Mnr Albert!) – Sloatsburg, NY, USA “To get you on your way you hairy bikers!”

Andy Katz – Photographer – New York City, NY, USA – ‘I’m very impressed with your project and wish you a wonderful trip. When you return to New York let’s get together I will supply the wine and food you supply the stories. All the best and happy trails’

Doris Perez Torres – USA

Rosalind Harris & Stella’s School Sponsorship Scheme- Cheltenham, Gloucester, UK/The Gambia – ‘Best of luck for your amazing adventure!

Jonathan Fine,Freed Pictures, & Diane Blain Fine Photography – New York, USA & The Gambia, West Africa‘Good luck on the incredible journey’

Kristen Wendt – New York, NY, USA ‘Your expeditions are so inspiring and I so enjoy hearing your stories…safe travels to you both. I can’t wait to read more as you guys begin your trip!’

Sari Goodfriend – Photographer – New York, NY, USA

Maggie Soladay -Photographer- New York, NY, USA ‘I was thinking.. whats stopping me. I own too many shoes and no Florios. So done. Can’t wait to see what you two come back with. Sounds so wonderful, and tough, and mysterious, and important. Sincerely Maggie’ + check out Salaam Garage Local

Dimiter Kenarov - Photographer – Istanbul, Turkey ‘Good luck!’

Peter FahrniForward Thinking MuseumNYC, USA

David CicconeTrunk MagazineNYC, USA

Grant CliffordBookMeQuick.comLondon, UK

Jane Coxwell – Chef & Author – New York, USA

Richard Glynn © ‘Wideyed’ - Photography collective - Darlington, UK, Good luck with the rest of the fundraising! A small donation from a fellow photographer”

Devin Friedman & Danielle Pergament – Jounalists – Brooklyn, NY, USA

Ross Morganstein – New York, USA – Good luck guys!

Fiona Cullinan - Journalist – Birmingham, UK“Sounds like a wonderful expedition! Great to see you making it happen, despite the collapse in media budgets! Looking forward to seeing the reports and your new fine art photography collection (from the expedition)”

Imke Oster & Benick Oster – New York, USA - ‘So excited about your trip and experience – I will be sitting in my office vicariously living through you – be careful!’

Linda Levit – New York, USA

Oskar LandiPhotographer – Brooklyn, NY, USA

Michel Delsol – Photographer - NYC, USA - ‘Bon Voyage! Wishing you all the best on your adventures’

Andy NeedhamUNHCRNairobi, Kenya, East Africa.Hi Jason, Helen, stay clear of the crocs! Keep away from things with sharp teeth! All the best, Andy’

Rabart – Bath, UK

Penelope Hartnell – New York, NY, USA
‘The attached photo is of the “IMAGINE” sign that I had made for my ranch…I am sending it to you with all good wishes for a wonderful journey ….“Imagine” Jason and Helen setting off on their grand expedition….Will be following your blog….’ Penelope

Giorgio Sgobbi – Rome, Italy

Noreen MeehanCrystal Palace, London, UK

Austyn StevensNew York, NY, USA

Matthew Fishbane - Journalist -New York, NY, USA -‘Goodspeed, kids! Now get out there and kick some butt!’

Raymond Jarrell - DJ – New York, NY, USA

Karl and Janna LeBlanc – Rockledge, Florida, USA

Jean-Philippe Minart - Film Maker – (Jawa) - Paris, France ‘We did not took the pirogue (through Niokolo Koba) and made our trip by the road. So bring back the images ! I’m dying to see them ! appreciated’

Susan Levin - Art Director/Producer & Bruce Levin - Photography Management Agency - New York City, NY, USA‘We’ll be following you every step of the way!
All our love. Be safe, enjoy, and holler if you want company!

Stéphanie Carron – Documentary Producer – Paris, France

George and AnnaLee Pauls – Photoduplication Coordinator, Rare Books and Special Collections Princeton University – New Jersey, USA ‘Dear Jason and Helen, This is exciting! I hope that the Mungo Park map from Princeton might get to play some role in your expedition. I wish you the best of luck on the journey and look forward to following your progress!

Annie & Ken Godin – Montreal, Canada – ‘Hi guys! Ken and Annie from Montreal (friends of David and Lucie… :) ) wish you both all the best on this amazing journey. We are looking forward to seeing all these fabulous (we are sure they will be) photographs! Hope we can catch a drink at the Ear Inn next time we’re in NY! :) Bon voyage! Annie and Ken XXX’

Scott Overholser – Photographer – New York, NY, USA

Robert Goldstein – Photographer – Camden, London, UK‘All The Best’-Robert

Teru Kuwayama - Photographer – New York City, NY, USA

Stein de Visser & Mintz – Accountants – New York City, NY, USA ‘It’s our pleasure, my dear! Bon voyage!’

Michael Mallinson – Toronto, Canada

Dr Leah & Steve Gendler – Maplewood, New Jersey, USA

Michael & Linda Nevins – Ballynahinch, County Down, Northern Ireland ‘Wishing you both every success with the expedition. L&Mx’

Theresa Raffetto – Photographer – New York City, NY, USA ‘Wishing you both safety and fun on your travels!’

Stella Kramer – Pulitzer prize-winning photo editor – New York City, NY, USA

Gilly Clifford and Sam Roberts ‘VSO’ – Kratie, Cambodia – ‘I just wanted to say good luck with the fund raising and the expedition. Watch out for all the hippos! I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing experience!’

Leela Rupa – Artist – Brooklyn, NY, USA

Valerie Vago-Laurer – New York City, NY, USA ‘Best of luck…excited to see/hear all about the project!’

Kay and Tommy Adams – Seattle, WA, USA

Nigel & Louisa Biggar – Toronto, Canada ‘we look forward to getting updates from you so that we can follow your progress’.

Lori Hawkins – Photographer – New York City, NY, USA

Galit Zadok – London, UK

Keiron O’Connor, Photographer, & Alzbeta ‘Tinka’ O’Connor, Model – Brooklyn, NYC, USA ‘This (donation) should cover the hippo repellent! Please take care, take lots of beautiful pictures, write loads of wonderful stories and come back unharmed! Looking forward to hear the stories on your return. We’ll keep an eye on the blog. All the best, Keiron and Alzbeta x’

Matt Gross - Writer – Brooklyn, NYC, USA

Kerrie Nanni – Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa ‘Your journey sounds very interesting, and I wonder if you would be interested in speaking to folks at the American Corner (Banjul) here at the end of your journey.’

Andres Garcia Lachner - Photographer – Miami, Florida, USA

Louis Christopher - Photographer – NYC, USA ‘hope you have a great expedition!’

Stefan Falke - Photographer – NYC, USA ‘Thanks and good luck !!! Love your project and wish I could come along !! Haha …’

Ysais A MartinezUSAI have been following your work for a couple of years now. Good luck on this new adventure and I hope that you raise the necessary funds to accomplish it…I am praying that it meets your goals so you guys can go on the expedition!’

Shannon Coppin – Dog Trainer – Vancouver, Canada, BC

Chris Shaw-Hughes – Artist – Sussex, UK ‘Good luck with the whole project’

Mandy Dakin – Artist – Bath, Wiltshire, UK‘Good luck with your adventure. I have spread the word and will keep doing it!’

John McGrath -Accountant- Perth, West Australia‘Good luck with your adventure, I’m looking forward to reading all about it’.

Allison Correll – USA ‘My sister is in the Peace Corp in Senegal right now and had the chance to travel down the Gambia river, she said it was beautiful. Good luck and watch out for hippos!’

Jonathan Bulkeley – New York City, USA‘Love you guys and can’t wait to see you upon your return…proud to be a sponsor!’

Tempy Wright – Austen, Texas, USA ‘You guys are doing a great job with social media. It’s been fun reading your blog about the upcoming trip and it sounds like it will be fantastic. I am glad to be able to support it even in a small way and look forward to hearing more about it in the weeks and months to come. I am so impressed by both of you and the dedication to this trip, and am so proud to call you my friends. Good luck and keep in touch!’

Claire Rich – Stylist – New York, USA ‘Have a safe and wonderful expedition and look forward to seeing you soon’.

David Rotbard - Photographer – New York City, USA ‘I’m glad I was able to help – hope you guys have a safe and healthy journey – and have a great time of course’.

Tyler Carter – USA

Craig Howarth – iSO Developer – New York, USA

Christina Russo – Journalist - California, USA

Magdalene Teo - Photographer

Gareth & KirstyAussieOverlanders – ‘We really love what you guys are doing and believe it will be awesome.’

Viviane MoosPhotographer – New York City, USA‘I think your project is great which is why I am supporting you ! I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing the adventures you are going to experience – and I agree – watch out for the hippos!’

Matt Smith, Louise Thomas and Jackie Walker – The Gambia Experience - thanks for the ‘whip-round’ for our Kickstarter campaign!

Alex Gloworld – musician – Leicestershire, UK‘Glad to be able to contribute, looks like you will be having another exciting adventure…Best of luck and I am looking forward to following your exploits!’

Carlos Molina – New York City, NY, USA‘Wishing you guys all the luck in the world….. will see you when you return to NY‘.

Srivinas Kurugani - Photographer – London, UK – ‘I like Jason and I really like what you’ve been doing with the photo projects. Good luck.’

Alan Flemming – Liverpool, UK‘Jasons photographs are an inspiration, first became aware of them a couple of years ago through Robert Young Pelton’s posts here and in that other playground, Black Flag Cafe, and also through Rob Swain‘s many posts of the Karen people’

Giovanni Savino – Photographer – New York City, NY, USA‘This is my way of saying that I wholeheartedly admire your work and wish you to have great success in this new voyage…I am looking forward to your updates and, again, wish you all the best, looking forward to seeing many extraordinary images soon !!’

Robert Wright - Photographer – New York City, NY, USA ‘happy to be able to help out. good luck out there in the hinterland! Be well! Make pictures!’

Ken Shung - Photographer - New York City, NY, USA ‘have a mega time on your journey and looking forward to hearing about along the way~ have a good time and see you back in new york when you get back stateside, warmly, Ken ;-) ))’

Fredrik Broden - Photographer – Dallas, Texas, USA

Alan HuntleySup WheelsGulf Breeze, Florida, USA - ‘Do you need a canoe carrier for your trip? I do standup paddle board carriers but I think I might be able to make a canon carrier for you. Free of course. I am grow up in South Africa. I love Africa and photography.’

Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012: Or you can donate/pledge through Kickstarter (until the 15th Oct)

Click on image to support our KS page-Deadline 15th Oct. 2012

4 thoughts on “Respect and Thanks: crowdfunding

  1. M&M Florio, I love the use of flotsam and jetsam to honor your donors and friends, very original. Your travels are made more interesting by the community you expose to the lives you affect in your day to day experience getting to the river and floating down. Kudos and such, and I must ask both of you what is next? Such success breeds an itch that civilization can not scratch. Tomorrow you will awake.

    Jack

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