Jason Florio – Smithsonian Magazine Instagram Takeover: Rhino Relocation, South Africa

Rhino Relocation

Vimeo - Rhino Relocation, South Africa © Jason Florio
Vimeo – Rhino Relocation, South Africa © Jason Florio

 

Jason Florio – Smithsonian Magazine Instagram Takeover: Rhino Relocation, South Africa

 

Starting today, Saturday 16-Friday 22 June 2018, I’ve been invited by Smithsonian Magazine to take over their Instagram page for a week (huge thanks, Smithsonian!)

I was commissioned by the magazine (via my NYC agent, Redux Pictures). for an assignment in South Africa – ‘Movable Beast‘ – a story about the largest rhino relocation, by road, in history from South Africa to Botswana, working with the writer, Todd Pitock.

A rhino is tranquilized before being transported - Rhino Relocation, South Africa © Jason Florio
A rhino is tranquilized before being transported – Rhino Relocation, South Africa © Jason Florio

 

Check out @smithsonianmagazine Instagram page to see my exclusive, as yet, unpublished images.

So often with magazine assignments, there are a limited number of images, out of hundreds shot, that make it to the pages of the magazine. Therefore, this Instagram takeover is a great opportunity to share some of my favourites over the next week, that did not make it to the printed page.

I hope that you’ll stop by

Jason Florio

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Photographer, Jason Florio in Mdina, Malta- image © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio – image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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Tuesday photos: ‘The Poetess’ at Valletta Film Festival 2018

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

The Poetess: ‘Hissa Hilal is the voice from behind the veil. Her word is her weapon. We’ll never see her face. Like the majority of Saudi women, Hissa is covered from head to toe. She is not allowed to drive a car. She doesn’t own a passport and requires consent from her husband for any sort of activity...’ Read more/see screening times at Valletta Film Festival.

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

’That idea, regarding Bedouin women, who were free! ’ Hissa Hilal
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
‘In our grandmothers’ times, there were tribes where women didn’t wear burqa!
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American Photography 34 Slideshow – image ©Jason Florio ‘Destination Europe’

 

American Photography 34 Winners - image ©Jason Florio - 'Destination Europe' shell-shocked West African migrants on board rescue boat, Mediterranean, as their smugglers dinghy is set on fire in the background
American Photography 34 Winners – image ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe’

 

American Photography 34  slideshow – image ©Jason Florio – ‘Destination Europe‘.
Shell-shocked West African migrants on board the rescue boat, in the Mediterranean Sea, as their rubber dinghy is set on fire in the background, to prevent the smugglers (who followed them) reusing it.  
Congratulations to all the photographers who were eventually chosen.

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Postcards from a small island – Malta. Images ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta
Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta

 

Stormy skies over Sliema, and the Valletta/Sliema Ferry, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Stormy skies over Sliema, and the Valletta/Sliema Ferry, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

'Knight Town', Valletta, Malta - Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm
Travel: Knight Town, Valletta – Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm/Korean Air

 

A very enjoyable travel story that we worked on, in Valletta, the enchanting ancient capital of Malta – and also the European Capital of Culture 2018 – for ‘Morning Calm’ (Korean Air’s in-flight Magazine).

 

On the rocks - dive time, Manoel Island, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
On the rocks – dive time, Manoel Island, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Walking along the Victoria Lines, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Walking along the Victoria Lines, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

What a revelation, on our Malta walks, to find so much nature, and tranquility, particularly after having recently read that the tiny Mediterranean island is equated with the word: ‘cementation’ –  and, in some areas, quite justifiably so. Where we live, for example, we are surrounded by deconstruction, reconstruction, new construction, behemoth cranes, and all the constant racket (and dust!) one can expect from the aforementioned.

 

Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio  

 

On my frequent meanderings around the streets of this small Mediterranean island, I regularly come across sites, such as these. Beautifully decaying doors and facades – portals to another place in time. Often, starkly juxtaposed by the surrounding modern, steel and glass (which, it appears, is the de rigueur architecture of Malta, sprouting up all over), one could easily walk right past these exquisite, woefully neglected, facades without even noticing them.

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Valletta, as seen from Sliema ©Helen Jones-Florio
Valletta, as seen from Sliema ©Helen Jones-Florio

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@floriotravels Instagram travel documentary photography - all images ©Jason Florio & ©Helen Jones-Florio
@floriotravels Instagram – all images ©Jason Florio & ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

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 Award-winning photojournalist and videographer, Jason Florio, & producer, Helen Jones-Florio.

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Press: Bonobos Guidebooks – Lalibela, Ethiopia. All images ©Jason Florio

Press: Orthodox Christian women on the way to church Lalibela, Ethiopia ©Jason Florio - Bonobos Guidebooks
Press: Orthodox Christian women on the way to church Lalibela, Ethiopia ©Jason FlorioBonobos Guidebooks

 

By Danielle Pergament / Bonobos
Photos by Jason Florio

‘The drive in is a killer. The roads are vertical and, while technically, they’re paved, if you think of them like dirt roads you’ll be less surprised by the bumps and holes. If you drive at night, like I did, you’re an idiot…‘  ‘Lalibela, a Far Off Place Well Worth a Long Journey’

Press: Lufthansa Inflight Magazine – Ranakpur, India. Image ©Jason Florio

Press: Lufthansa Inflight Magazine - image ©Jason Florio man in pink turban, Ranakpur,  India,
Press: Lufthansa Inflight Magazine – image ©Jason Florio .

‘This photo was taken at the Jain temple in Ranakpur, in Rajasthan, India. I like the idea that the photo leaves you wondering: Who is under that under turban?Jason Florio

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Traditional Kankurangs, in motion, The Gambia, West Africa

 Kankurangs of The Gambia

– we happened upon this scene, whilst visiting old friends in Kembujeh, on our way back from Kanilai. We’ve been photographing these traditional masquerades for a number of years now, so it’s always great to happen across another version of the Kankurang; in the creative way that the boys use different kinds of materials to make the outfits. See more of our work on masquerades here 

footage ©Helen Jones-Florio

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