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‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their workshop certificates Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa

We have just returned from a very productive couple of days in the up-country regions of The Gambia, where we took ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language on the road. And, the students we taught have produced some incredible images, of which we will share with you all on here very soon – once we have put an edit together. Speaking of editing…

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Jason Florio edits the Soma Institute students work – to show during the night program (thanks to QCell for the their contribution of the USB dongle and router – being constantly connected has made our job so much easier!) © Helen Jones-Florio . 
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BIG thanks to Foto Care, NYC, we able to give every ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ workshop student a thumb drive to save their images on © Helen Jones-Florio

After each of  1-day ‘Photos Tell Stories’ workshops, in the evening  the US Embassy Banjul team (our main partners – special thanks to Josh Shrager, Papa Njie!) would set up their cinema-sized inflatable screen in a main area of the village or town. In Soma we had a great program – projecting the students work onto the screen for all to see.

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Soma comes out to see the Silicon Institute’s students photography – projected onto a cinema-sized inflatable screen. Images © Jason Florio

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Using the sound system from the embassy,  and DJ’ing West African vibes courtesy of one of our students – Alhasan Bah ( from the Silicon Institute), people were dancing and cheering throughout the screening – it was quite the celebration! We felt very humbled to have played a part in the excitement of the students seeing their images up there on the screen.

When the music stopped, we then screened our River Gambia Expedition footage. The audience seemed fascinated by the moving  images of their country –  along with Senegal and Guinea-Conakry –  portrayed on the huge screen.  I think we could have gone on all night!

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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click on image or here to view

Check out the Silicon institute PTS’s workshop students images here

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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In partnership Fotwith the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia (tote bag design by ‘Jekkah’ Gambia)

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