The things we get up to… BBC Radio 4 – ‘Excess Baggage’ – Walking in Madeira, Europe and Gambia

BBC Radio 4 'Excess Baggage' with John McCarthy

BBC Radio 4 ‘Excess Baggage’ with John McCarthy

When we returned from our ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ expedition, we were invited onto John McCarthy’s ‘Excess Baggage’ program on BBC Radio 6

Because we had actually returned to New York by the time we did the show, we went up to the BBC Radio studios, on the Westside, in Manhattan – to pre-record the show – Florio and I were on one end of the phone whilst, presenter and journalist, John McCarthy and his other guests disembodied voices came out the other end, from the BBC studios in London, UK.

Walking in Madeira, Europe and Gambia: ‘the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell about his enthusiasm for hiking in Tasmania and Madeira, glaciologist Richard Sale about long distance walking routes in Europe and to photographer Jason Florio and his partner Helen Jones about travelling all around Gambia on foot’ Producer: Harry Parker

It was fascinating, inspiring, and humbling listening to the others talk about their adventure’s – our 930km seemed very tame compared to our seasoned walker co-guests, and the lengths and places they had walked.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – Backpacks on and ready to walk – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’


B&H Photo NYC – Interview with Jason Florio – all things photography and our 2009 ‘Short Walk in the Gambian Bush…’

When we returned from our last West Africa expedition ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ Jennifer Diamond, at B&H Photo NYC, https://www.facebook.com/bhphoto interviewed Florio about his 15 year career as a photojournalist. She also asked him about the process behind the portraits that he took, of the village chiefs and elders, whilst on the 930km walk – which resulted in an award-winning body of work ‘Silafando’

Watch the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OpIeqZzsG4

B&H Photo, NYC - Interview Jason Florio

'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' on the road shots - image © Jason Florio, 2009The Short Walk Team are overtaken, and saluted, by Gambian government troops – On-the road-shots © Jason Florio, 2009 http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/archive

'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - on the road shotsA Young Gambian boy collects wah grass in the village of Tuba Dabbo – On-the road-shots © Jason Florio, 2009 http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/post/2134895806/images-by-florio-on-the-road-shots-the

'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - on the road shots - image © Jason FlorioGambian women waiting for the ferry at Kuntaur Wharf, to cross over the River Gambia. This image was also one the favourite’s for our donators, when they came to choosing their 2009 expedition prints – On-the road-shots © Jason Florio, 2009 http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/post/1727339058/jason-florios-b-w-image-kuntaur-wharf-the

'Makasutu - mecca in the forest' - image © Jason Florio‘Kujabi’ – Gambian Farmer – one of the ‘Makasutu’ series of portraits which Florio took whilst we were visiting the circumcision ceremonies in Gambian villages in 2008 http://www.floriophoto.com/#/projects/the%20gambia%20-%20makasutu/4/ Image © Jason Florio, 2008

'Silafando - a gift to you on behalf on my journey' The Gambia, West Africa 2009 - image © Jason Florio Photo District News – PDN – featured one of Florio’s village chief’s – Massaneh Cham – on the cover of their magazine, August 2010 http://www.floriophoto.com/#/projects/the%20gambia%20-%20930km%20african%20odyssey/19/

Jason Florio with Jennifer Diamond, B&H Photo NYCThe Interview: Florio & B&H Photo’s Jennifer Diamond

Florio’s award-winning series of portraits of village chiefs ‘Silafando’ can be seen on his website: http://www.floriophoto.com/#/projects/the%20gambia%20-%20930km%20african%20odyssey/1/