Photo shoot location – Watch out for the crocodiles! The Gambia, West Africa

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Those crocodiles are most definitely not ornamental! Jason Florio at work – image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool is certainly an interesting place to shoot – you just need to watch your step, constantly. Thanks to Musa, our fixer (a person who is hired as a guide, due to their local knowledge of any given area, to help facilitate assignments) and caretaker of the pool, Jason and I met with some young Gambian boys, to work further on our traditional masquerade project, which we started last year, here in The Gambia.

The three boys turned up with a couple of rice sacks, a bunch of leafy branches, and what looked like a few scraps of bright red fabric. Within half an hour, they were transformed into Kankurangs, and  fully in character – jiggling branches, menacingly clashing machetes together, and omitting the rather alarming high-pitched screeches that seem to be the modus operandi of every Kankurang, and which always has the desired effect of unnerving everyone around them.

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Jason Florio at work – image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

I’ll be posting more updates about this ongoing masquerade project as and when we find more subjects to photograph.

HJF

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HJF – In search of masquerades at the Roots Homecoming Festival, 2014, The Gambia – image © Jason Florio

 

Related post: Kankurang on the beach

 

 

 

A week of crocs and quad bikes in (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa

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Kachikally Crocodile Pool, Bakau, Gambia – L-R: Helen Jones-Florio, Musa (the keeper of the crocs), Jason Florio

 

We’ve had a busy, adventurous – and extremely exhilarating – kind of week, since we completed our walk of the Gambian coastline, finishing off a couple of travel assignments… from getting up close and personal with big crocodiles, to throttling around in the Gambian bush, getting thoroughly down and dirty in the process,  on Tonka Toy-like 200cc quad bikes, alternating with bouncing over potholes in buggys. What fun!

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Helen – ‘I’m going to drive that buggy next’! Image © Jason Florio

 

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Photographer, Jason Florio – shooting from the rear! Image © HJF – UTV buggy courtesy of West African Powersports

 

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Yours truly – I am hooked! Image © JF. Quad bike courtesy of West African Powersports

 

And, where better to finish off editing (me: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘ book) and writing  the features (Jason) … my old haunt, Laybato Beach Bar. Our office with a view…

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Once the features are published, we’ll be posting more on the coastline walk, the quad-biking, and the crocodile pool. Please stay with us. In the meantime, updates about what else we are up to, down here in West Africa, will be posted on FB, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by The Florios – Helen & Jason

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It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it! JF & HJF – buggying in #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa. Thanks to West Africa Powersports

Instagram – strolling in (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa

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Image © Jason Florio

We’ve added a few new images to our floriotravels instagram page – beach dogs, beach walks, sacred pool crocodile pools… all the beauty of living in #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa

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Have a great weekend!

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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Machete Boy, traditional masquerades, The Gambia, West Africa

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Masquerades – The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

 

The three boys turned up with a couple of rice sacks, a bunch of leafy branches, and what looked like a few scraps of bright red fabric. Within half an hour, they were transformed into Kankurangs, and  fully in character – jiggling branches, menacingly clashing machetes together… ‘ Read more here

 

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