Last remaining prints, by Jason Florio, to ship out to our donors – from the River Gambia series

From this:

To this…the last few remaining prints to send out:

Sunday 21st May, 2013 – NYC

After a couple of weeks of processing, packing, and labeling, we’ve now shipped out the bulk of prints, to our donors, who donated $100 and over for our River Gambia Expedition - sharing with them all those people we met along the way, who Florio photographed.

Thanks so much for the wonderful “*Boy in Mask” photo and the extra Fur Coat pic (postcard). All arrived in great condition. I’m having the Boy pic custom framed to match the “Alhaji Tonkara” photo. Both will reside in my living room. Thanks again and all best wishes for your continued happiness and success”  Bob, Fort Myers, Florida – just received his print. Bob was the very first donor for our initial crowd-funding campaign ‘an exchange‘ for this expedition, and he has been a great support over the years – he also generously donated for our 2009 expedition, in exchange for one of Florio’s prints,A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey


‘Boy in the Mask’ The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 8.12.34 AMTrunk (@trunkmag) is ecstatic w/ our ‘Boy in Mask’ print from @floriophotoNYC Jason Florio’s prints-River Gambia seriesDavid Ciccone – Founder and Creative Director, NYC

Again, a humongous thank you to everyone who helped us get on to that mighty River Gambia – from Australia, Switzerland, Germany, East Africa, West Africa, UK, Canada, USA, Turkey, Italy, Ireland, France… . Suddenly, our apartment feels quite empty…time to go out and play!

More river stories coming very soon – as our journey continues from where we left off

The Florios (H & Flo)

*If you missed our crowd-funding campaign’s, Jason Florio’s prints are available to purchase – from the website gallery

With a little help from our friends, here’s how we raised the money to make the River Gambia Expedition happen:

An Exchange



The pier at Bonto © Jason Florio – to check out the ‘River Gambia’ series, please visit the website

Big thanks from West Africa to just a few of those people who made the River Gambia Expedition possible


ALAN HUNTLEY, UK : The River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa

And, for those of you who donated $100+ we will be sending you a pdf of exclusive new images, from the River Gambia Expedition, to choose your Jason Florio fine art photography print…as soon as we get back to NYC in early February.


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

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Isabella (rock-a-fella) Kimberlin, Dallas, TX, USA : Bansang, The Gambia, West Africa


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

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


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

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

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


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

Many more thank you images to come…shortly.

Big love and thanks

The Florios (H & Flo) x

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PRESS: River Gambia Expedition gets a plug from ‘Down Under’ – G-Layer (for Yellowbrick)

We’re getting the River Gambia Expedition name around – globally – thanks to John Murphy and the guys at G-Layer in Australia for plugging our forthcoming journey! They are the Australian distributors of Yellowbrick™ Tracking Devices – one of our main sponsors.

‘We draw on our decades of experience in connecting remote areas with the rest of the planet. We have worked with some of the world’s largest NGOs as well as on ocean-going vessels, in Antarctica, the Amazon jungle, the Indonesian rainforest, the Himalaya, and the polar circle.’ G-Layer – Truly global solutions for tracking and communications.’

If you’d like to support the River Gambia Expedition – and receive ‘rewards’ for doing this (namely: exclusive, limited edition, fine art photography prints from our very own award-winning photographer, Jason Florio), please check out our Kickstarter campaign. We have 19 days left – and we’re 35% funded. However, we need the campaign to be 100% funded to get the pledges, from our donors, released by the deadline of 15th October.

So…come on in, the water’s fine!

Thanks to everyone who has jumped on board so far. You rock (but, not as in the boat…thankfully!)!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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:

Please click on image to view

More updates, photos and stories coming soon…

The Florios (Helen & Flo)

Fine Art Photography Prints from Jason Florio – more from the B/W and Colour Gallery in ‘An Exchange’ for your support for the River Gambia Expedition

‘Abdou with Rescued Croc’ The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio – Abdou is also on the River Gambia Expedition 2012 Team – ‘Meet the Team’

Multi award-winning photographer, Jason Florio: Gallery of limited edition fine art photography prints – B/W & Colour Collections – in ‘An Exchange’ for donations to the River Gambia Expedition 2012, West Africa. Please click HERE for full details, print sizes available and more images.

‘Indian Dancer’ Image © Jason Florio

‘Arrival’ to Afghanistan’ from Tajikistan, by helicopter . 2001. Image © Jason Florio

‘Beirut City’ Lebanon – Image © Jason Florio

‘Horse Box’ Libya. Image © Jason Florio

‘Women in Sari’s’ Image © Jason Florio

‘Havana, Sea and Clouds’ Cuba. Image © Jason Florio

For all images available, in ‘An Exchange’, please visit the website: .More print choices will also be available, from images taken by Jason Florio, whilst on the River Gambia Expedition (Oct 2012-Jan 2013).

For a quick view of what the River Gambia Expedition is all about, please check out Florio on Vimeo:

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Award-winning photographer, Jason Florio: Gallery of limited edition fine art photography prints (B/W & Color) – in exchange for donations to West Africa river expedition

‘Boys playing on boat’ Gambia River, Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa . Image Jason Florio (B/W)

‘Indian Bride with Henna’ – Jodhpur, India. Image © Jason Florio (B/W)

‘Painted Face’ Gambian girl’s face decorated for ‘coming of age’ ceremony, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio

‘Angkor Wat 2′ – Cambodia. Image © Jason Florio (B/W)

‘Angkor Wat 1′ – Cambodia. Image © Jason Florio

‘Angkor Wat 3′ – Cambodia. Image © Jason Florio (Angkor Wat Images: 1,2,3 – available as a triptych)

More images from award-winning photographer Jason Florio – available from the Black & White Collection

‘Fuchsia Turban’ Ranakpur, India. Image © Jason Florio

‘Sky Over Texas’. Image © Jason Florio

‘On the playa’ Cuba. Image © Jason Florio

‘Sardhu Walking in the Holy City of Pushkar’ India. Image © Jason Florio

‘Pushkar – Sadhu’. Image © Jason Florio

‘Caravan, England’. Image © Jason Florio

More images from award-winning photographer – available from the Colour Collection

The Fundraising 2012 Black & White & Colour Gallery

‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’

From Guinea-Senegal-The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa

1 River. 2 Borders. 3 Countries.

All of the above limited edition fine art prints, and more (please see website galleries), by Jason Florio are available in ‘An Exchange’: donations from $100/£65, and over, to the River Gambia Expedition will be eligible for a print of their choice. And, once the expedition is over, we will have another gallery of exclusive prints for you to choose from – from a series which Jason will take whilst on the journey – as in the example below of ‘Herouna with his white horse’ (from our 2009 ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush expedition):

For full details, please visit the ‘An Exchange’ page. And, to see why we are doing this, please click here

(*Please note: only donations over $100/£65 will be eligible for the prints)
The more you donate, the bigger the print size will be – please see the following chart for donation amounts ans sizes:

Jason Florio’s Limited Edition, Signed, Prints – in exchange for donations of $100 / £65 +:

Donation Amounts: Print Sizes

$100 USD/ £65 GBP & over – you will get a 8″ x 10″ (gallery price – retails @ $175 / £115)

$250 USD / £160 GBP & over - you will get a 11″ x 14″

(gallery price – retails @ $500 / £325)

$600 USD / £400 GBP & over you will get a 16″ x 20″

(gallery price – retails @ $1,200/ £750)

$900 USD / £600 GBP & over you will get 24″ x 36″

(gallery price – retails @ $1,500 / £970)

$1,500 USD / £970 GBP & over you will get 30″ x 40″

(gallery – normal retail @ $2,500 / £1,700)

‘Herouna and his horse’ The Gambia, West Africa
From the award-winning series of portraits ‘Silafando’- Gambia Expedition 2009. Image © Jason Florio

You don’t have $100/£65 + to spare? That’s all good too…because every penny and cent will help us. OK, it won’t get you one of Jason’s prints but every single person who donates, even with $25 USD/£16 GBP, will have their name, and your company website (if you have one) linked, added to the blogroll list of thanks and all on our other social media sites (such as Twitter & FB).

PLUS, PLUS, PLUS each and every donor, regardless of whether its $25/£16 or $1500/£970, will get the following:

Your name, or company name/website, written (in BOLD) on a piece of card, wood, fabric, the canoe paddles, if it comes to it – basically, whatever raw materials we can find when we’re down in West Africa!

One of the expedition team will hold up the banner and a photograph will be taken – whether we are in the Fouta Djallon highlands or paddling through hippo-abundant waters Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal, or standing on the historical Kunta Kinteh Island, in The Gambia – said photo will be posted onto the blog, twit-pic’d, Facebooked, Tumblr’d – the lot! (If you prefer not to be social media’ed, then that’s cool too – just let us know when you donate).

Something that looks like this: this could be your name/company name on this banner

Image © Helen Jones-Florio: Jason Florio – Karantaba, on the River Gambia, The Gambia – 2009

To donate to the River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey, please go to PayPal (or, if you already have a PayPal account, you can simply click on the PayPal icon right here, to go directly to their website):

1. Sign into your account Or sign up – if you aren’t registered for PayPal you need to register an email address and password – it takes 2 minutes. You will then receive an email from PayPal asking you to confirm your account

2. Once logged in – from ‘my account’ page go to ’send money’ tab on the left of the top tool bar

3. Enter ‘who to’ – the expedition email address – :

4. Enter Amount: scroll down for relevant currency

5. Choose ‘personal’ tab then ‘gift’ then ‘continue’

6. Check amount and then press ’send money’ tab

And that’s it! It takes but a few minutes. All additional, or unused, funds raised over our target amount will be donated to our partner charity – please email for more information on the charity we support.

Thanks a million to those who have very generously donated so far. We are one step further, towards getting those paddles in the River Gambia!

For any questions and queries please email Helen Jones-Florio:

Feel free to sign up for the blog if you would like to receive updates on the expedition (see right hand column ‘Follow us…please’)

Welcome on board and we look forward to bringing you more expedition news again soon!

The Florio’s (Helen & Flo)

Expedition Co-Leaders

If you want a quick ‘whats-it-all-about and how-can-I-help?’ – watch expedition photographer and co-leader: Jason Florio, on Vimeo:

Wish List: Expeditions gear and gadgets needed – for the River Gambia Expedition-1000km source to sea African odyssey

‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea Africa odyssey’ team thanks all the product sponsors, backers and collaborators we have on board so far – for their unprecedented support and product donations. We are extremely grateful and thankful.

Alas, we still have a number of items – our ‘Wish List’ – which we’d really appreciate some help with…whether through total product sponsorship or ‘expedition discount’ from suppliers and manufacturers. All our sponsors will receive full coverage on all our media outlets, along with mentions in press interviews (whenever/wherever we can get a plug in there):

Aug 2012 Press:

Outside Magazine – Adventure Lab/Expedition Watch – Interview Jason Florio, award-winning photographer and expedition co-leader, about the forthcoming River Gambia Expedition

Outside Mag: Do you have a main sponsor?
Jason Florio: “We don’t have a main sponsor. It’s more a collaboration. We have some great product backers: SteriPEN, Yellowbrick, Peli UK, OverBoard, DPx Gear, and Gambia Experience…”

Jason Florio, will also get some great on-the-road-and-river shots of all the product we receive, whilst we are the on the expedition – for all our sponsors to use for their own marketing purposes.

Please click here to find out when, where, who and why…

SteriPEN™ Opti Adventurer © Jason Florio

Here’s what we still have yet to check off our ‘Wish List’:

1 x 16-17ft folding canoes – i.e. Ally or PakBoat)

4 x Buoyancy Aids/Life Jackets

1 x Ruggedized Laptop – i.e. Panasonic Toughbook™ laptop CF 52 or 53 Performance Model & battery pack or equivalent – needs to be durable, shock-protected, waterproof

1 x GoPro HD2 Hero Camera (sponsoring pending)

Satellite Phone (sponsoring pending)

1 x Adventure Medical Kit – i.e. Life Systems ‘Mountain Leader’

4 x Gerber or Leatherman multi-tools

1 x Lightweight cooking stove – i.e. Kelly Kettle or BioLite CampStove

2 x Two-man tent or 4 x One-man tent – lightweight

4 x Mild weather sleeping bags – lightweight

Ready-made meals – i.e. ‘Expedition Foods’™ or ‘Travel Foods’™

4 x Mosquito hats

2 x ActionPacker™ Cargo Boxes (or equivalent)

4 x Lightweight rain jackets/ponchos (3 men, 1 woman – sizes on request)

2 x Pairs of hiking boots (for tropical climates – sizes on request)

4 x Sets of quick-dry clothing (sizes on request)

Mosquito repellent and factor 30+ sunblock

Overboard™ – ‘The Leaders in Waterproof Bags & Cases’

If anyone can help, in any way, or recommend us to suppliers – to help us check off the remainder of ‘Wish List’ items – we’d greatly appreciate it. Contact: for full information on product sponsorship.

Please help spread the word: why, where, what and who

Thanks a million

Helen & Florio

P.S. Check out Florio on YouTube, talking about the expedition (click on the image to view the video) – and how individual sponsors can support us, in ‘An Exchange’: exclusive, limited edition, fine art photography prints – from a series of images Florio will take whilst on the journey – for donations.

Please click image to watch the video

Winners of the ‘Print Draw’ for Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints

Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio announce the winners of the ‘Print Draw’. Please click on the above image to view the video

Well done to the winner of the ‘Print Draw’ – New York photographer, Michel Delsol! He will receive one of Jason Florio’s 16″x20″ fine art print from the series of eight on offer for the ‘Print Draw’ – plus a bonus 8″x10″ print from the River Gambia Expedition 2012.

And, well done to the runners up – Michael and Linda Nevins, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. They will also receive an 8″x10″ River Gambia Expedition 2012 print.

Thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of the competition. Your support is helping to make this expedition possible.

For those who would like one of Jason Florio’s fine art prints from the forthcoming expedition, we are still running ‘An Exchange’ – donations of $100/£65, and over, will secure you a print. And, the more you donate, the bigger the print. Please click here to find out more.

Here is one of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints available to our donors from the 2009 expedition ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’

Kuntaur Wharf, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2009

Thanks again to all who entered the ‘Print Draw’

Big love and respect

Jason & Helen – The Florios

UPDATE: SATURDAY 1ST SEPT: TODAY’S THE DAY! for the ‘Print Draw’- $25/£16 and a chance to get one of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints.

PDF Image#4 ‘Angkor Wat’ Cambodia © Jason Florio

UPDATE: The ‘Print Draw’ winner will be announced TODAY – Saturday 1st September. YOU STILL HAVE ANOTHER 2 HOURS (It’s 10am GMT here, right now) to enter the competition! Watch this space for the name of the lucky winner. We’ll also announce it on our FB page and Twitter

A one-off chance to acquire one of, multi award-winning photographer (and River Gambia Expedition 2012 Co-leader), Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints for a song!

'Sardhu Walking in the Holy City of Pushkar' India

PDF Image#8 – ‘Sardu Walking in the Holy City of Pushkar’ India Indian Dancer © Jason Florio

OK… we don’t exactly expect you to sing us a song – although, any good ones will be greatly received and blogged about! – for as little as $25/£16 we are offering you the chance to win one of a series of 8, 16″x20″ Pre-Expedition 2012 Donation prints 2012 (please click on the link to download the pdf of images) – in exchange for your donation.

PDF Image#5 – Indian Dancer © Jason Florio

Here’s how the print draw exchange works:

$25/£16 will get your name put into the hat one time

$100/£65 will get your name put into the hat five times (5 for the price of 4 and a better chance of getting a print!).

The winner will be announced, after the names have been drawn from the hat, on Saturday 1st September!

Paypal Instructions – click on this link for a step by step guide on how to donate. Please add the words ‘An Exchange’ in the notes section when you make your payment.

As an added bonus: the winner will also receive an exclusive 8″x10″ River Gambia Expedition print, once we get back from the journey.

If you don’t want to take a chance then, to guarantee you get a print for your donation you can always go through the usual donations channels (open until 1st October, 2012): ‘An Exchange: donations for fine art prints from the River Gambia Expedition 2012′ Please Note: Anyone who donates $100/£65 and over, through the usual channels, before the 31st August, will automatically have their name included in the August 31st print draw.

PDF Image#7 – ‘Sky Over Texas’ © Jason Florio

Come on, you know it makes sense!

Love, thanks and respect

The Florios x

P.S. FYI: Through the gallery, Florio’s 16×20 fine art photography prints normally retail at $1,200-$1,500/£770-£970

If you want to see how to guarantee a print, in exchange for a donation, please check out Jason Florio on YouTube (click the image to view):

BIG Love, Respect and Thanks for the Support and Messages – to everyone who has jumped on board ‘An Exchange’ – for fine art prints

The River Gambia 2012 – Rolling Blog of Thanks

You are all making this expedition possible with your donations and, for that, we are immensely humbled by your support and unprecedented generosity.

We’re very happy that you are on-board with us and we look forward to sharing the journey, via the blog, on the build up to the River Gambia Expedition 2012 proper – i.e. when we actually get the paddles into the river – and onwards. Your support will help us to be able to document – through multiple medias: visual/written/audio – the lives of the indigenous people who live and work on the course of one of Africa’s last big, free-flowing, rivers; over 1000km’s – from the source of the river, where it trickles out of the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea, on into hippo-abundant Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal, and finally into The Republic of the Gambia and the Atlantic Ocean – the rivers end.

You can watch, and learn, as Jason Florio 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:

Limited edition 2012 expedition prints – coming to all those who have donated $100/£65 and over (once we return from the river). And, we could be holding up a banner, with your name/website on it, on this very island, below, in The Gambia, West Africa, soon!

Find out why we are doing this: ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’ and how to donate ‘An Exchange: donations for fine art prints from the ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012′ by award-winning photographer, Jason Florio

Love, Respect & BIG, HUGE Thanks!

The Florios (Jason & Helen) x

Kunta Kinteh Island (formally James Island), The Gambia, West Africa

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

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!”


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!”

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

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

Keith Devisser and Partners – Accountants – New York City, NY, USA

Michael Mallinson – Toronto, Canada

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