A sneak preview : our first photography workshop in The Gambia West Africa

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teaching photography – a visual language

A sneak preview of our new logo for our first photography workshop, to be held in The Gambia, West Africa – commencing late December, 2013 – teaching young Gambian students.

We have some great contributing photographers on board already and we’re also partnering with some very generous companies.

However….we’ll be making an official announcement in the next week or so – once we’ve dotted and crossed ‘i’s’ and ‘t’s’.

Exciting stuff!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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Flo & H © Chris Bartlett, NYC – Photoville 2013

 

 

 

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L-R: Ablie Janneh, Jason Florio, Chief Dadi Bah, Helen Jones-Florio – The Gambia, West Africa, 2009. Taken whilst on ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush-a 930km African odyssey’ expedition

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

The Journey – 1 river. 2 borders. 3 countries

Guinea – Senegal – The Republic of The Gambia

West Africa

When: Paddles in the water mid-November 2012– Late-January 2013

Why: To create an historical – visual /audio/written – document of the peoples, cultures and environment along one of Africa’s last, free flowing, major rivers – The River Gambia.

Estimated journey time: 2-3 months

Modes of transport: Canoes & Trekking & ‘Moto – Taxis’!

Expedition Leaders: Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Mission Statement

Experienced West Africa travelers, husband and wife team - multi award-winning photographer and writer Jason Florio, and, photography and expedition producer and writer, Helen Jones-Florio – will attempt to create a modern-day account of the people, societies, and life along the length of one of Africa’s last, free-flowing, major rivers – the River Gambia. There has been talk of damming the river. This journey will also be about the impact to the communities, who daily lives rely on the river to survive, and the environmental impact of damming the river.

To read more, please visit:  Why Exactly Are We Doing This Expedition…

The River Gambia Expedition Route Map

The River Gambia – source to sea – map

And, to find out about our 2009 expedition - ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’

Welcome on board! We look forward to having you all on the journey with us.

Thanks for your support,

Jason & Helen – ‘The Florios

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UPDATEMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 - after almost 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic and the end of our journey.

All in all, it was a phenomenal journey! Please scroll through the following pages to read and see more about the whole journey

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We did it!! Denton Bridge, Banjul, The Gambia – standing in the Atlantic Ocean! The River Gambia Expedition team. L-R: Helen Jones-Florio, Ebou Jarju, Abdou Ndong, Jason Florio

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River Gambia Expedition route map – YellowBrick Tracking Device (YB3) – click here to view our route through Guinea Conakry – Senegal – The Gambia, West Africa – over 1000km

Press – please visit our ‘meet the press’ page

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Press: VQR – Spring 2013: ‘River Gambia Expedition’ – images by Jason Florio

2014: The Florios latest project in The Gambia, West Africa -  ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language’