Gambia Doors – the series. Photography by Helen Jones-Florio

#GambiaDoors - a local shop, with a hand painted frontage, with a mural of a family sitting around the breakfast table, advertising 'Peak Milk', Bakau, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

Gambia Doors – the (ongoing) series. Photography by Helen Jones-Florio. Prints available to purchase at helenjonesflorio.com online gallery.

I have been working on this particular series – #GambiaDoors – for many years. The vividly coloured, unintentionally quirky doors and storefronts from the West African country of The Gambia never fail to grab my attention. My husband, Florio, is now well-versed in my random, oft-shouted, ‘Stop!’ in his ear while we are zooming around on the motorcycle. In fact, he now engages in a little door spotting on my behalf. Conversely, over the years, I have also managed to startle several unsuspecting local taxi drivers.

#GambiaDoors - the closed frontage of a tailor shop with a pile of remnant fabric, and an old toilet, Bakau, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors ‘The Tailoring Shop’, Bakau, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

“But why do you want to photo my shop?”

“But why do you want to photo my shop?”, is the question most frequently asked of me from baffled shopkeepers. After 20 plus years of living and working in the region, what may be considered quotidian to many of those shopkeepers, continues to be striking and wondrous to me. Enough to ‘stop!’ me in my tracks (or put the breaks on). 

#GambiaDoors: Doors and Storefronts of The Gambia, West Africa - barber shop storefront showing hand-painted hairstyles. Image © Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors: ‘The Standard Barber Shop Hair Stilist’, Serrekunda. Image © Helen Jones-Florio

Something is captivating about the misspelled, hand-painted, English-as-we-don’t-know-it, signage – the vivid and the faded paintwork, alike. Barbershops and beauty salons signs are a particular favourite. Ultimately, they make me smile.

#GambiaDoors - hand-painted beauty salon,'Juste Nails Bash' beauty shop, Serekunda, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors – ‘Juste Nails Bash‘ beauty shop, Serekunda, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

#GambiaDoors

#GambiaDoors - blue metal doors of a workshop, with hand painted telephone numbers, and an old car seat standing outside the closed doors, Bakau, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors – ‘Workshop Tea Break’, Bakau, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

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All of the #GambiaDoors images are available to purchase as photography prints, from our online gallery

helenjonesflorio.com online gallery

#GambiaDoors - the front of a shipping container, hand painted with faces, and the words'Black Light, Tanji, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors ‘Black Light’, Tanji, The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

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#GambiaDoors - a brightly coloured curtain blows in the doorway of a local bar, a Becks beer sign above the door, painted red with Coca Cola written on the wall, Banjul, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors -‘Come Inn’, local bar in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors - the shop front of a local beauty salon in Serrekunda, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio
#GambiaDoors ‘Classic Beauty Salon’, Serrekunda, The Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

See more of the series @doors_helenjonesflorio and the helenjonesflorio.com gallery site.

Feel free to contact me here if you have any questions, or use the Contact Form on the gallery website.

Helen Jones-Florio

#GambiaDoors & #DisappearingMalta

Helen Jones-Florio, sitting on the doorstep of an abandoned house, Malta. Image by Jason Florio
Photographer/Videographer, Helen Jones-Florio, Birkirkara, Malta (#DisappearingMalta doors & storefronts). Image by Jason Florio

Published by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Jason Florio (floriophoto.com), and photographer, producer, videographer and writer, Helen Jones-Florio http://www.rivergambiaexpedition.com/ http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/floriophotostellstories Twitter @floriophotonNYC Instagram https://www.instagram.com/floriotravels/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jasonflorio/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/florio_gallery/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/doors_facades_florio/

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