Photo and caption by jason florio
- On the final night of a 2 month, 1130km expedition down the River Gambia in West Africa, we pulled into the riverside village of Mandinari in The Republic of The Gambia to find a place to sleep. We entered a family compound and a young boy appeared wearing a Mardi Gras mask. At first I assumed it must be for special occasion or ceremony; no, he said that he just enjoyed wearing it. No, he did not know what Mardis Gras was, but that he had found it at the village market. His portrait was the last one I made on the expedition and for me became symbolic of global cultural influences happening in Africa.
Location: Mandianri village, Kombo Central, The Gambia, West Africa
Category: Travel Portraits