Documenting photographer, Jason Florio – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshop, The Gambia, West Africa

Day 2 – Jason Florio teaches the art of portrait photography © Helen Jones-Florio

We have just completed day two of ‘Photos Tell Stories,  teaching photography – a visual language. Our Gambian students have been sent home early with their Fujifilm digital cameras – their assignment is to shoot their interpretation of ‘home’; taking on board everything that Jason  has taught them so far over the last two days. When they return to the classroom tomorrow, we will review and edit their images with them.

Our students have style! Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Yesterday, we told the students that Jason would be teaching them about portrait photography today. So, we asked the students to wear something that they would like to be photographed in – to dress in way that they felt truly represents who they are. Friday being a big prayer day, here in a predominantly Muslim country, many Gambians wear very traditional outfits. What most of the girls turned up was their take on the traditional outfit – African prints with a Western twist. The style and colors were couldn’t have been better for the photographs that they took of each other!

I’ve been documenting Jason over the last couple of days – him working with the students – and, I’ve pulled together just a few of these images and made an album for our Photos Tells Stories Facebook page, which you can check out here.

We’ll be showcasing the work of our students over the coming days – we definitely have more than one or two budding photographers in the classroom.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Workshop Photographer: Jason Florio

Workshop Producer: Helen Jones-Florio

Recent press – via SLATE mag – HuffPost Arts & Culture features our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odysse‘ . Images © Jason Florio

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