Trunk Magazine receive SPD silver medal award: Jason Florio’s portrait series of Gambian chiefs and elders

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The Society of Publication Designers just awarded Trunk Magazine on three different categories – one of which, we are very proud to say, was a Silver Medal for Jason Florio’s portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders (‘Silafando‘); which were taken whilst on our 2009 expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’

NYC slideshow and discussionTuesday May 14th (tomorrow!) 6.30-8pm – at Foto Care :  Jason Florio, Helen Jones Florio will present a slideshow of images from their most recent expedition – ‘River Gambia Expedition-1000km source-sea African odyssey‘ – with questions from Stella Kramerfurther details can be found here

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#trunkmag ‘How sexy is this! @floriophotoNYC Jason Florio’s Gambian portraits layout coming off press for Trunk F/W ’12 issue’

November/December Press – 2012

Talk about serendipity. Here we are back in The Gambia, about to embark on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’, and Trunk Magazine are featuring Florio’s portraits of Gambian chiefs and elders in their next edition, which he took whilst we were on our last West Africa expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’

We’ll be posting an update shortly about our delayed leaving date for Guinea – and the start of the River Gambia Expedition. Right now, we are being held up by the freight company’s, shipping our gear down here, boat being delayed – by over 2 weeks so far! Anyway…more on that once we have spoken to the shipping company again today.
On a great note, and one word: OBAMA!!

Thanks for stopping by

The Florios (H & Flo)

If you don’t have $100+ to exchange for one of Jason Florio’s limited edition prints, $25 could get your name on a banner, photographed and blogged about, from the middle of the River Gambia, West Africa! Read on…

This could be your name/website on the banner.
Jason Florio on the banks of the River Gambia, at Karantaba, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Helen Jones-Florio, 2009 – taken whilst on ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’

So, you don’t have $100/£65 + to spare? That’s all good too…because every penny and cent will help us get this River Gambia Expedition 2012 rolling. OK, it won’t get you one of Jason’s prints – as with the ‘An Exchange’ deal, but every single person who donates, even with $25 USD/£16 GBP, will have their name, and/or your company website, 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, that’s all good too – just let us know when you donate).

To find out why we are doing this and why we need your support, please click here and here

Image © Jason Florio 2009. Chief Landing Jammeh – one of the award-winning portraits - ‘Silafando’ - available in ‘An Exchange’ (donations of $100 +) from the 2009 expedition

To support the ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’, please go Paypal to create an account. But, if you already have one, then all you have to do is click on the following Paypal icon:

1. 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.

And, if you do find yourself with $100/£65 + to spare, then check out ‘An Exchange’ to see how you can get one of Jason Florio’s exclusive, limited edition, fine art photography prints from the forthcoming River Gambia Expedition 2012.

Here are just a couple more of Florio’s fine art photography prints from the 2009 expedition ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’

‘Kunta Kinteh Island at Dusk’ (formally James Island), Juffereh, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2009

‘Children standing on the scared stones at Kerr Batch’ The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio 2009

L-R: Alkalo Dam Sallah, Kerr Sait Maram and Alkalo Fatou Dansu, Kabba Kama, Basse, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio – one of the award-winning portraits available in ‘An Exchange’ (donations of $100 +) from the 2009 expedition. ‘Silafando’

Check out Florio, talking all things River Gambia Expedition on YouTube

Please click image to watch the video

A massive thanks to everyone who has supported us so far – with $25 and upwards – you are all helping to make this journey possible and, for that, we are eternally grateful.

Big Love

The Florios (H & Flo)

Florio’s portraits of Gambian chiefs and elders win another award – ‘Px3′, 2012

Px3 – Prix de la Photographie, 2012 - Winner-Silver Medal: Professional Portraiture – Culture category

Congratulations to Florio – he has just won yet another award from Px3 (his 3rd with them!) for his portrait’s of Gambian chiefs and elders, which he took whilst we were on our last expedition ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ in 2009, in The Gambia, West Africa. To see more about his awards and exhibitions etc., please visit his website Bio section.

Px3 Paris - winner Jason Florio 2012

Px3 2012 Paris – Winner ‘Professional Portraiture/Culture Category – Jason Florio’s images of chiefs and elders made while on a 930km expedition by foot of The Gambia, West Africa.
‘Silafando’ is a gift made by a traveler to a village chief as thanks for his hospitality and protection for the night.

He may do something similar on the River Gambia Expedition 2012 but, like all best laid plans, that idea could change once we get on the ground and see what else catches his eye and imagination. We’ll be on the River Gambia, through Guinea, Senegal and finally into The Gambia (1000km +), for as much of the route as possible so it will be fascinating to see what we come across to photograph and write about.

Alkalo Messaneh Cham, Chamen Sosseh, The Gambia

Alkalo (chief) Messaneh Cham, Chamen Sosseh, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Alkalo (the chief), Massaneh Cham, was a grand old man, who had on flowing white robes, a red and white skullcap, sporting a white beard and gold-rimmed, aviator-style shades – a very stylish gentleman indeed. Mr Cham is one of my favourite portraits of all the chief’s Florio had sit for him. And, I love the chicken lolloping past in the background too.

An exert from Helen’s forthcoming book – a woman’s perspective on their 930km walk around The Gambia, West Africa:

Wednesday 9th December, 2009 – Chamen Sosseh village. Distance walked to-date: 827.55km

‘Once Flo presents the silafando, and the chief kindly agrees to sit for a portrait, we prepare the backdrop. The old chief is a little unsteady on his legs so we find a wooden bench for him to sit on. I scan around the compound and see a pure white goatskin, stretched over a branch, on a nearby tree. That will go perfectly with the chief’s outfit, I think, draped over the bench he’s sitting on. I ask one of the young village boys, who is helping us to go and ask the chief’s wife if we can use the goatskin. He calls out a name, and from inside a nearby hut, an elderly woman comes out and walks towards us. The boy asks her, in Mandinka, about the skin and she nods and goes to fetch it…’ More news on the book…coming soon.

And, of course, more updates on our forthcoming journey will be posted on a regular basis.

Thanks for jumping on board!

The Florios (Jason & Helen)

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: