Press: Sidetracked Magazine feature ‘River Gambia Expedition’

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 9.07.05 AMScreen Shot 2014-06-18 at 8.54.20 AM‘In 1818, Gaspard Mollien, a young French explorer, knelt and drank from a tiny pool of water enveloped by a dense thicket in the remote Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea. His discovery by locals at this sacred spot would have surely meant his death. This seemingly inconsequential puddle, filled from giant underground cisterns in the belly of the ferruginous Fouta plateau, was the end to his epic quest – the source of River Gambia. Almost two hundred years later, entering the same woods, I felt deep reverence, something approaching religious and spiritual. I had spent almost a year tracing maps to determine this actual spot, and only when Helen, my wife and expedition partner, found Mollien’s diary at the Royal Geographical Society…’ Jason Florio - read more in Sidetracked Magazine, June 2014

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Other relevant links that you may like to check out, from the Florios West Africa travels:

River Gambia’ – Jason Florio’s portraits of people who live and work along the river (the blog carries on after this post)

A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - 930km African odyssey‘ the blog

Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey‘ – Jason Florio’s award-winning portraits of the alkalo’s (village chiefs) and elders taken whilst on the walk

Makasutu – mecca in the forest‘ Jason Florio’s large format B&W portraits of the people who live and work around a sacred forest

Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ Jason & Helen Florio’s most recent project in The Gambia

Meet the Press – news and awards

 

PRESS : ONE – join the fight against extreme poverty ‘An Expedition Down the River Gambia’

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The source of the River Gambia, Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio ‘River Gambia’

Communities along its length rely on it for their very existence, and with plans afoot to dam the river, we wanted to create a modern day account of the people who live and work along it’s banks before construction begins and their lives change.” Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio ‘River Gambia Expedition-1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ 

read more on ‘ONE - join the fight against extreme poverty’

ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.

Cofounded by Bono and strictly nonpartisan, we raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. ONE also works closely with African activists and policymakers as they fight corruption, promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and free enterprise‘.

Images taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’ with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

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Young boys pose for a portrait on the banks of River Gambia in Senegal. They said they had painted their faces like skulls and their chests with soccer team numbers for their own amusement. Image © Jason Florio

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The son of Bakary Dabo, the Alkalo (village chief) of Diagabu Tenda, The Gambia wearing a ‘fur’ coat on a cool morning. Image © Jason Florio

 

Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – scenes from a 1044km source-sea African odyssey – a short film by Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

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Malian Fisherwoman © Jason Florio - ‘River Gambia’

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Please click on the image, or here, to view the footage

‘Malian Fisherwoman’ © Jason Florio – ‘River Gambia

YouTube footage © Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio – taken from the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’

Behind the scenes : Jason Florio’s portrait of the chiefs son – ‘Ebrima in Fur’ – The Gambia, West Africa

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Dawn in the village of Diagabu Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Youtube: Jason Florio photograph’s Ebrima in his ‘fur’ coat, The Gambia, West Africa – filmed by Helen Jones-Florio. Click here or on above image to view footage

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The end result – Ebrima comes to bid us farewell at our campsite on the banks of the River Gambia © Jason Florio

The journey continues… ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

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Youtube: ‘RIVER GAMBIA EXPEDITION – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’ Footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click here or on above image to view footage

 

Interview with Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio: ‘River Gambia Expedition’ – Connected by Far

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 11.57.40 AMThanks to our East Africa friend, Yvette Pennacchia, for her recently posted interview, on ‘Connected by Far‘,  with us about the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘. Angry hippo’s, mutiny, and more !

Connected by Far: ‘What possesses a British couple to leave their apartment in New York City and decide to canoe 750km of the 1044km long River Gambia, in West Africa – one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – in two Ally 811 Norwegian folding canoes, which they fondly named ‘The Twins’, and travel by motorcycles, local taxis, and a ancient, rusty 4×4 Land Cruiser to get to the source of the river and then back (one such ride took 24 hours over the rockiest of roads in the Fouta Djallon Highlands) to pick up their canoes from Kedougou, on the border of Senegal?‘…read more here

‘River Gambia’ – images by Jason Florio from a 1044km source-sea African odyssey

‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘. Take a journey with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio - over landing from the source of the River Gambia in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, canoeing through the gold-bearing lands of South East Senegal, and on into The Republic of The Gambia, where one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers meets the Atlantic Ocean.

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© Helen Jones-Florio

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Youtube: Too close encounter with a hippo © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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© Jason Florio

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© Jason Florio

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Youtube: A ten-minute journey along the River Gambia © Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

More about our journey in the forth coming book…more about that soon…

The Florios

Read about our 2009 expedition : ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush-a 930km source-sea African odyssey

 

 

Press: ‘A River Runs Through It’ – Arik Airlines ‘Wings’ Magazine – images by Jason Florio

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Photography Jason Florio – Words Jason Florio with Helen Jones-Florio

JF: “In 2009 my wife Helen and I escaped our New York home and took off on a 930km circumnavigation of The Republic of The Gambia by foot, along with three Gambian friends and two donkeys.

Seven days into our 42 day walk, we both decided that this journey would be a warm-up for something bigger. We had no idea at that exact moment what the ‘something bigger’ might be, but as Picasso once said: ‘“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Well, in this case, it was to find us walking…” read the whole article here

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Jason Florio at Bonto Pier, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

Excerpts taken from the forthcoming book about the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey

PRESS: ‘River Gambia’ – Yahoo News & The Gothamist check out Photoville 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 10.21.14 AMScreen Shot 2013-09-25 at 10.16.07 AMYahoo News and The Gothamist check out ‘River Gambia‘ at  Photoville 2013 - image © Jason Florio – ‘Hawa‘ rice cutter, The Gambia, West Africa. Taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

We hope you can make to Photoville Part 2 - Thursday 26-Sunday 29 September, 2013. ‘Ebrima in Fur‘ will be at the door the welcome you into our ‘River Gambia’ journey, as will we.

The Florios (H & Flo)

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‘River Gambia’ Images © Jason Florio

Thanks to Virginia Quarterly Review for supporting ‘River Gambia’ at Photoville 2013

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‘River Gambia’ – back to Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, Part 2 – shipping container doors open again this week

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Jason Florio’s fine art prints available to purchase at Photoville + editions of VQR © Jason Florio

We both had a fine old time during the first four days of Photoville 2013. It was a great to see so many friends (over and over again during the 4 days – what a treat!) and we made some new ones too. With ‘Ebrima‘ welcoming people into our container pop-up gallery, we were completely bowled over by everyone’s reaction to the River Gambia work, along with the footage we filmed from the journey. Check it out on Vimeo

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Premiering at Photoville, 2013 – ‘River Gambia’ footage by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-FlorioVimeo

Florio’s fine art photography prints also garnered much attention – particularly our exclusive-for-the duration-of-Photoville offers on 8×10″, 11×14″ and 16×20″ prints. Amongst the best sellers, from Jason Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ series were:

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‘Ebrima in Fur’ – of course! © Jason Florio

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Close runner up – ‘Boy in the Mask’ © Jason Florio

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‘Swimming Horses’ © Jason Florio

From the black and white, Makasutu, collection – portraits which Florio made over a period of 12 years, traveling to The Gambia (the later one’s which I had the honor of working with him on):

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‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ and our River Gambia team mate © jason Florio

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‘Ismaila on his horse, Jumpex’ © Jason Florio

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‘Painted Face’ © Jason Florio

We’ll have more prints available to purchase, at the Photoville-only offer, whilst stocks last that is! We’re also offering 30% off the usual print prices, for those who can’t make it to Photoville, for the duration of Photoville (ends 8.30pm EST Sunday 29th Sept, 2013). Please contact me for the details: helen.jones@floriophoto.com

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The River Gambia doors will reopen to the public Thurs 26th at 4pm-10pm – Sunday 29th Sept at 12 noon-8.30pm

Photoville Part 2 – Come along to and venture into our mighty African river journey – ‘River Gambia-1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – Presented by the Virginia Quarterly Review - We’ll both be there to show you the way…

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The ‘official’ Florios Photoville 2013 portrait © Chris Bartlett

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Day 3 : Snapshots from a Photo Destination – the ‘River Gambia’ at Photoville 2013, NYC

Day 3 – Saturday 21st  September : Virginia Quarterly Review presents ‘River Gambia‘ at Photoville 2013, Brooklyn, New York
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Good morning Photoville! Another beautiful blue, blue sky day © helen jones-florio
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Florio “and the hippo’s mouth opened this wide!” © helen jones-florio
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It’s the ‘Moko Jumbies‘ man! Stefan Falke with Florio (and Ebrima in fur) © Helen Jones-florio
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A must see: aCurator‘Small Town Inertia‘ Jim Mortram
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The storm is coming – time to go home…see you tomorrow, folks, for Day 4 of what is sure to be another fantastic turn out at Photoville 2013!
The Florios (H & Flo)
‘River Gambia’ Presented by VQR : images by Jason Florio, curated by Helen Jones-Florio - a 1044km source-sea African odyssey
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