More personal ‘thank you’ banners to our donors – River Gambia Expedition

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

So many of your 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.

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

Before we first sent out our fundraising emails we tried to think of a unique way of saying thank you to everyone who chipped in. The above is what we came up with. 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.

Please see our ‘big thanks page’ for more banners.

BIG Thanks!

The Florios – H & Flo x

To see Jason Florio series of images from the River Gambia, please check out his website: www.floriophoto.com

Latest new series of images from Jason Florio: River Gambia Expedition: One river, two borders, three countries

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A Gambian fisherman comes to check the river condition from the bank of the River Gambia at the village of Bambali, The Gambia © Jason Florio

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Lopiz Jarju is one of the few full-time sailors to work on the River Gambia in The Gambia. He works for the Gambia Groundnut Corporation on one of their tugboats, which pull barges with 100 tonne loads of peanuts from upcountry loading centers to a processing plant near to where the river meets the Atlantic ocean at the capital, Banjul © Jason Florio

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A group of men use a pontoon to ferry a generator by hand along a remote section of the River Gambia in Senegal. The generator will be used to pump water through a large pipe from the river up the very steep banks to irrigate banana plantations that flank the river. © Jason Florio

To see more of Florio’s River Gambia Expedition – a new series of images – please visit his website: floriophoto.com

We have so many more photos and road and river stories to share, from three months of travelling in three West African countries…stick with us

The Florios (‘H’ & ‘Flo’)

Next blog post: hanging out with the gold miners in Senegal

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Gold miners take a break near their mine shafts in South East Senegal. The mine shafts can exceed 10 meters deep and collapses and resulting deaths are frequent.© Jason Florio

More personal thanks from West Africa to those who made the River Gambia Expedition possible

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Our way of saying thanks to all those who made the River Gambia Expedition possible – with your participation in ‘An Exchange’ and the Kickstarter campaign. For that, we have been immensely humbled by your support and unprecedented generosity.

Thank you’s – all the way from West Africa!

BIG thanks – (see more here)

The Florios (H & Flo)

To those who don’t see their names on the ‘rolling page of HUGE thanks’, please bear with us as we sort through three months of images!

More personal thanks from our River Gambia Expedition – to those who made it possible

 

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Andres Garcia Lachner, Miami, Florida – Bonto, The Gambia, West Africa

Check our our ‘rolling blog of thanks’ page – we still have more to come. So, if you don’t see your name yet, hold on, we just got back and we have a lot of images to go through. So, please bear with us and we’ll try our very best to send you your personalised thank you photos. In the meantime, keep check in the rolling blog of thanks page.

Thanks a million!

The Florios – River Gambia Expedition team leaders

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Personal thanks – from The Florios, on the River Gambia Expedition – to all those who made the journey possible

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For every single one of you who made the River Gambia Expedition possible…without your support, it would not have been possible for us to make the journey to document the lives of those who live and work along one of Africa’s last free-flowing major rivers: the River Gambia – all 1000km + of it!

And there’s more thanks here and many more to come very soon!

Big love and the utmost respect

Helen & Jason Florio x

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P.S. Very shortly, we’ll be sending, to those who gave $100+ in ‘An Exchange’ a pdf of a series of exclusive, limited edition images, for you to choose your print from, by Jason Florio, taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odssey’

BIG THANKS to just a few of our donors…more pics to come as we traverse the River Gambia, W Africa

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Ryan Heffernan.com © Jason Florio – Hore Dimma, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea

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

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)

 

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

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

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Albetza (‘Tinka’) & Keiron O’Conner.com © Jason Florio – Labe, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Again, BIG BIG thanks to everyone for their support. We would not be able to do this otherwise.

More ‘thank you’ images coming soon as!

We miss you all!!

Big Love

H & Flo xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 and a bit days to go on Kickstarter – and just a hare’s breath away from reaching our target!

Click on image to pledge our KS page-and to see rewards. Deadline 15th Oct. 2012.

 

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‘What’s in the bag, Jason Florio?’ The first person to guess correctly and promise a Kickstarter pledge for…

…$50.00, instead of the ‘reward’ pledge of $100.00 for a 8×10″, will get a limited edition, signed, fine art photography print – which usually retails at $175.00 in the gallery – from multi award-winning photographer, Jason Florio. If you can guess ‘what’s in the bag?’

‘What’s in the bag, Florio?’ – Image © Helen Jones-Florio

A specific, and rather big clue, can be found in the previous post, here on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’ blog. Hint hint…it’s something that’s made in Norway and that we need paddles for!

The first person to get the answer right, and who promises to make a pledge of $50.00 on Kickstarter, will get to choose their 8×10″ print from a series of exclusive images, taken by Florio on the forthcoming River Gambia Expedition or from his on-line fine art gallery – from the B&W and Colour Collection.

‘Sardhu Walking in the Holy City of Pushkar’ India. Image © Jason Florio – From the Colour Collection Gallery

Check out our Kickstarter campaign to see what other ‘rewards’ are available – just in case you decide you would like to pledge more for your 8×10″ ;)

17 days to go!! Please click on the image to view details

The winner/Kickstarter pledger will also get a BIG shout out here on the blog, our FB page, Tumblr and Twitterplus your name/website URL on a banner, photo taken whilst we are on the expedition in West Africa, which we’ll then broadcast to all of the above social media sites (if you don’t mind? It’s cool too, if you’d prefer us not to)

Answer the question – ‘What’s in the bag Jason Florio?’ and promise to pledge $50.00 – and this could be your name on the banner, in West Africa!

Answers please on our FB page (which you have to ‘like’ first – if you haven’t already!) – and be quick if you want that 8×10″ for fifty bucks!!

Good luck!

The Florios (Helen & Florio)

P.S. Check out Mr Florio on Vimeo – talking all things River Gambia Expedition

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Kickstarter Campaign – Deadline 15th Oct 2012: The River Gambia Expedition – A Journey of Photography & Culture

‘The River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’: Following the length of one of Africa’s last free-flowing major rivers – the River Gambia’

We are on the final leg of raising funds for the River Gambia Expedition!! We need another $3,500 by October 15th, 2012, to make this happen!

HUGE thanks to every single person (and company) who has become involved in ‘An Exchange’, here on the blog. Your support, and believe in what we are doing has been incredible. Now, its over to Kickstarter!

Please help spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign – we have 24 days to go (Oct 15th deadline)!!

Here’s what you need to do: visit our page on Kickstarter – River Gambia, West Africa-A Journey of Photography & Culture

 

Thank you so much!!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

P.S. For your Kickstarter support: beautiful limited edition fine art prints (signed), from our very own award-winning photographer, Jason Florio, from the website B/W & Color gallery and also from the expedition itself (a new series incoming – once we have completed the expedition).

Just a couple of examples from the website gallery

‘Indian Bride with Henna’ – Jodhpur, India. Image © Jason Florio

‘Sky Over Texas’. Image © Jason Florio

2009 West Africa Expedition -Youtube: Jason Florio photographs Gambian village chiefs, The Gambia

Jason Florio Photographs Gambian Village Chiefs, The Gambia, West Africa 2009 – from ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’click image to view. Filmed by Helen Jones-Florio for ‘Wobbly Productions’ (and mucky lens’!)

From our 2009 expedition A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’, we shot this footage when we stayed with Alkalo (village chief) Landing Jammeh of Khalaji village – who can be seen in the video (tall man, wearing a blue and white grand bubu – and pictured below) kindly ‘assisting’ Florio whilst he made a portrait of the neighbouring Alkalo, Julu Sanyang.

‘Silafando’ – portraits of village chiefs and elders © Jason Florio L-R: Landing Jammeh & Julu Sanyang, The Gambia, West Africa

The photo shoot resulted in what became an award-winning body of work for Florio – called ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’ : the traditional method of greeting village chiefs and elders, when you meet them and ask something from them (in our case, to ask permission to camp in their villages and for Florio to make the portraits). We found out about this cultural tradition from one of our team mates, Samba Leigh, when we arrived in The Gambia, to prep for the walk.

Excerpt from Helen Jones-Florio’s forthcoming book ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - minty abanta!’:

‘Nevertheless, and more importantly as it turned out, Samba introduced us to the traditional intricacies of ‘Silafando’. The age-old tradition was something that we were not aware of and perhaps would never have been, but for Samba’s cultural knowledge on local protocol and tradition. “We need to plan our route so that we arrive in a village at the end of each day of walking” he told us “then we have to ask the permission of the Alkalo (the village chief) if we can set up our camp in his compound or in the village”. Protocol dictates that the Alkalo has a duty to welcome travelers and strangers, but only after the correct procedure is followed. This is what is known as ‘Silafando’ – which roughly translates as ‘a gift to you on behalf of my journey’ and involves presenting the village chief with a gift – traditionally, a handful of kola nuts; bitter, walnut sized nuts. These nuts play an important roll in Gambian traditional culture and social life. Once the gift is given, the Alkalo shares them with his closest village elders. They break open the nuts and chew them. They are valued for their apparent pharmacological properties – acting as a natural stimulant and, allegedly, as an aphrodisiac.’

‘Silafando’ – giving of Kola Nuts © Jason Florio

To find out how you can get involved in ‘An Exchange’ - and get one of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints, please check the photographer (and River Gambia Expedition 2012 co-leader) himself on Youtube:

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More updates, photos and stories coming soon…

The Florios (Helen & Flo)