Meet the press: The River Gambia Expedition story so far

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April 2013: VQR Spring 2013 opening page – Jason Florio’s latest series of images: ‘Life on the River Gambia

Florio and I were just looking back at what we’ve achieved since we got the crazy idea to over-land and then paddle up the River Gambia – from it’s trickling source (see above image, VQR) in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, into Senegal, and then on to The Republic of the Gambia…where, after an eventful 1000km+, we staggered out of our makeshift catarmaran (the Ally Cat), where the mighty river runs into the Atlantic Ocean.

The interest, and support, in our journey has been phenomenal – particularly from the press. Here are just a few of the highlights…and we definitely know there is more to come. However, until articles are published, we have to hold off announcing what is to come. But…we just got news this morning that a highly esteemed publication, which we have been coveting – even since our ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’ 2009 expedition – has agreed to take our recent River Gambia Expedition story. To say that we are thrilled is a slight understatement…this publication takes us into the realms of ‘taken-seriously-as-expeditioners‘! (That’s not to take anything away from all the other publications who have supported us!). Ecstatic/thrilled/joyous/crikey(!) would be more fitting adjectives! Watch this space…

In the meantime, a few of the highlights from the press coverage we’ve had over the last year – including a resurgence of the our 2009 expedition - particularly, Florio’s portraits of village chiefs (Alkalos) and elders: ‘Silafando‘:

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March 2013: Click on image to go to Nat Geo Radio page – scroll down to listen to Jason Florio and Helen-Jones Florio’s interview with Boyd Matson – March 10, 2013: ‘Going Undercover for Elephant Ivory, Held Hostage by Hippos (that’s us!!), and More’

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January 2013: Trunk Magazine – broke their own record by printing an unprecedented 18 pages of Jason Florio’s chiefs and elders (‘Silafando‘) from our 2009 expedition (‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’)

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May 2913: And because of the above 18 pages, Trunk Magazine were awarded the SPD silver medal for distinctive achievement in photography in the category of travel, food, and still life for “There and Back Again” Jason Florio‘s portrait series of Gambian chieftains. Trunk also followed up on our River Gambia Expedition with: ‘Gambia and Back

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April 2013: VQR (Virginia Quarterly Review), on our return, published 14 pages of Florio’s new series of images:’Life on the River Gambia‘ in their hard copy journal and on-line. Plus, we got a lovely note from the editor.

 

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November 2013: DPx Gear/Dangerous Magazine – ‘Down the Gambia‘ prior to leaving on the River Gambia Expedition, one of our collaborators, sponsors, instigators, and one of Florio’s assignment buddies (insert Mogadishu; undercover in Burma…kind of buddy), Robert Young Pelton‘s, Dangerous Magazine published an interview, by Will Grant, with Florio.

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Dangerous Magazine – the follow up- Down the Gambia – image © Jason Florio: kids playing on the banks of the River Gambia, Senegal

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May 2013: Foto Care, NYC, hosted our presentation/slideshow, with Stella Kramer as moderator, to a standing-room-only packed house.

 

 

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June 2013: Tabla Rasa Gallery exhibition – group show ‘Equus’ features two of Jason Florio’s portraits of horses – from both the River Gambia Expedition and A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush

For an update on what’ happening on the River Gambia Expedition front now, please check out ‘Tales from the River Gambia – reflecting on what’s gone by and what is to come…

Thanks to everyone for supporting our madness!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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Mission accomplished! Denton Bridge (and the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean), The Gambia, West Africa. L-R: Helen Jones-Florio, Ebou Jarju, Abdou Ndong and Jason Florio

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

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NEWS:

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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PRESS: TRUNK Magazine – Postcard – ‘Gambia and Back’

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All images © Jason Florio

Thanks to David Cicconi and all at Trunk magazine for their recent feature on Postcard – ‘Gambia and Back’ about ourRiver Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey‘. Much appreciated!

Trunk also recently ran 18 pages of Florio’s Gambina chiefs and elders (‘There and Back Again’) from our 2009 expedition – did we mention that we walked 930km around the small West African country?: A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush-930km African odyssey

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Trunk Magazine – “There and Back Again’ Images © Jason Florio

“There and Back Again” is Trunk’s longest layout yet. Photographer, Jason Florio, has created one of the most stunning portrait pieces we’ve ever seen…this is what you get from 15 years of traveling to a country, learning its customs, and being open with its people…a comfort level that is achieved only through a truly authentic relationship between photographer and subject…18 pages of breathtaking portraits of chieftains (or alkalos) from the numerous Gambian villages that Florio visited on his circumnavigation (by foot!) of the country. We would’ve run the article even longer, but needed to fit all of our must-read stories into the issue…” David Ciconni – Creative Director and Founder TRUNK

 

PRESS: Trunk Magazine – ‘Gambia’ – “Trunk’s longest layout yet. 18 pages of breathtaking portraits” by Jason Florio”

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Whilst we were on the River Gambia Expedition, New York based, Trunk Magazine ran Florio’s portraits of village chiefs and elders, which he took on our 2009 expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush-930km African odyssey’. The spread, in the hard copy, is 18 pages of Florio’s beautiful, colourful, portraits and, because they didn’t have enough physical space, they also ran it on line so that they could show more of the images!

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“There and Back Again” is Trunk’s longest layout yet. 18 pages of breathtaking portraits of chieftains (or alkalos) from the numerous Gambian villages that photographer Jason Florio visited on his circumnavigation (by foot!) of the country. We would’ve run the article even longer, but needed to fit all of our must-read stories into the issue…” Trunk Magazine

It’s really wonderful to see Florio’s striking the portraits from our long walk around The Gambia continuing to appear – over three years later. Lets hope the new work, from the River Gambia Expedition has the same impact. Florio is working on his edit right now…so, please keep watching this space.

A BIG thanks to David Ciccone, Creative Director, and all at Trunk for the feature – and the support!

Jason (‘Florio’) and Helen

P.S. you can check out more press/awards here

#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!!

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The Florios (H & Flo)

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