Back in The Gambia, West Africa – to make more #Portraits4PositiveChange

 

Back in The Gambia! Street scene through the windscreen of a taxi  ©Helen Jones-Florio
Back in The Gambia! ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Gambia, little Gambia…we are back! Heading from the airport towards Bakau, with Buba Bah & Jason Florio

Check out why we are back:

 ‘Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime’ 
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We’re raising money: Jason Florio – photographer and filmmaker, at work, The Gambia, West Africa

 

Jason Florio Photographer Filmmaker, at work – Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations ©Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio Photographer & Filmmaker, at work – Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Huge thanks to everyone who has donated and supported our GoFundMe campaign, so far – ‘Gambia – Victims and Resisters of a Regime‘. We have a couple of weeks, to reach our goal. Please share, and/or donate (every spare $5 will be greatly appreciated) and help us to carry on making this important body of work… find out more on our GFM page.

Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio 

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‘Jason is making important work, again!’ donor Julie Grahame/aCurator

Work in progress – see the portraits that have been produced, to date, in the Gambia (and Senegal) on his website floriophoto.com

 

Sainey MK Marenah – a dissident Gambian journalist, jailed by Jammeh © Jason Florio, 2017 – Victims & Resisters of a Regime.
Sainey MK Marenah – a dissident Gambian journalist, jailed by Jammeh © Jason Florio, 2017 – Victims & Resisters of a Regime.

 

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#ThrowBackMonday – Behind the scenes : Jason Florio’s portrait of ‘Samba Fishing’ – River Gambia, West Africa

‘Samba Fishing’, Kuntaur, River Gambia ©Jason Florio 

 

During our time canoeing the length of the River Gambia, on our exploration of the people whose livelihoods depend on the river, we spent each night wild camping on the river bank – whether it be camping on a sandbank in the middle of the river (burning a fire all night long to deter the hippos!), on rocky outcrops miles from the nearest village and, at other times, on the edge of a village, if it was near enough to the river.

Jason Florio photographs Samba, a young fisherman, in Kuntaur, whilst on the River Gambia Expedition. Image © Helen Jones-Florio
Jason Florio photographs Samba, a young fisherman, River Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio.

 

On this particular day, we arrived mid-afternoon into the village of Kuntaur, situated on the banks of the river. We had stayed in the village before, whilst on our 2009 ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘. We set up our campsite in the grounds of a small riverbank lodge and, as had become the norm, our arrival instantly attracted hordes of local kids – shouting and screaming, all vying for our attention, fascinated with our tents and equipment – before the caretaker of the lodge shooed them away, “atchayah! atchayah!” (go away, get lost! A Mandinka word Gambians use to scatter mischievous kids and the scores of scavenging bush dogs alike!).

'Any chance of a bit of privacy?' Camping in a the village chiefs compound comes at a price ©Jason Florio
‘Any chance of a bit of privacy?’ Helen – Camping in the village chiefs compound comes at a price ©Jason Florio.

 

As we were about to settle down for a well-deserved cup of tea, having paddled almost 33km that day – a tough, exhausting 10km of it against the tide – we noticed a young boy, out on the river, in a local pirogue that looked far too big for him to handle on his own. We called him over and he paddled towards us with such ease and dexterity, as if he was steering a small rubber dinghy and not a heavy wooden dugout canoe, carved from a tree trunk.

His name was Samba and he said that he was ‘11 or 12 years old‘ (it’s not unusual, in this part of the world, for people not knowing exactly how old they are). He had come straight from school, to pull in his families fishing nets from the river, to see what catch they had that day…‘ Exert/words ©Helen Jones-Florio – read more at ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

'Samba Fishing' River Gambia, fine art photography prints © Jason Florio '
‘Samba Fishing’ fine art photography prints © Jason Florio ‘

 

Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints – available from helenjonesflorio.com

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Press: ‘Is this the solution to South Africa’s rhino poaching problem?’ The Telegraph Magazine – images © Jason Florio

The Telegraph Magazine 'Tug of Love' - image ©Jason Florio
The Telegraph Magazine ‘Tug of Love’ – image ©Jason Florio

 

‘To save his beloved rhinos from poachers, one South African rancher made the heartbreaking decision to send them to safer ground in Botswana…The Telegraph Magazine, Sept 1st, 2018 – words by Todd Pitock / Images ©Jason Florio.

Aerial shot: Trucks transport the rhino's ©Jason Florio - Smithsonian Magazine
Aerial shot: Trucks transport the rhino’s ©Jason Florio (photo credit Heather Jones)

 

Related: Smithsonian Magazine – ‘The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound RhinosImages © Jason Florio / Words by Todd Pitock.

 

 

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