The beauty in decay – Gambia Doors v Malta Doors

 

Green door, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio - from #GambiaDoors & #StoriesBehindDoors
Green door, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

 

GAMBIA DOORS V MALTA DOORS

 

Green door, Sliema, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio from #DisappearingMalta #MaltaDoors
Green door, Sliema, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

Crossing continents

Malta DoorsGambia Doors.

We are still in West Africa, and I see similarities every day in many of the doors and storefronts, here in the Gambia, of those that I see daily in Malta – the rich, and vibrant colours of beauty in decay…

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All images © Helen Jones-Florio

Photography prints of all the doors and storefronts are available from helenjonesflorio.com

 

Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio, Valletta vintage storefront ©Jason Florio

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Stormy Mediterranean Sea – Malta

Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Jason Florio
Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Jason Florio

 

Stormy Mediterranean Seas hit Malta

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Photographer, Jason Florio, photographs Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Stormy Mediterranean Sea, Spinola Bay, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

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Press: ‘Paradigm Shift’ Malta – Monocle Magazine

 

Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia – memorial, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine.
Who Killed Daphne Caruana Galizia – memorial, Valletta, Malta © Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine.

 

‘The Paradigm Shift’ Monocle Magazine

After the killing of an investigative Maltese journalist, new torchbearers came forward to hold the government to account and battle corruption – words by Andrew Mueller / Images © Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine (print edition)

The Shift- co-founder, Caroline Muscat. image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine
The Shift- co-founder, Caroline Muscat. image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine

 

The Shift- co-founder, Jurgen Balzan. Image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine
The Shift- co-founder, Jurgen Balzan. Image ©Jason Florio for Monocle Magazine

 

St Paul street with Maltese balconies in Valletta, Europe's capital of Culture 2018 - ©Jason Florio
Old Bakery Street, with Maltese balconies, in Valletta, Europe’s capital of Culture 2018 – ©Jason Florio

 

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Press: ‘How I’m seeing Malta disappear through its doors’ – Times of Malta

Old store front, Balluta Bay © Helen Jones-Florio
Old store front, Balluta Bay © Helen Jones-Florio

 

To find my bearings, I walked… and I walked. It’s the only way that I know to get a real sense of any place I’ve ever landed in. So, leaving the vast concrete and glass apartment complex, perched on a peninsula, I turned down one narrow side-street after another – off the main drag of Sliema – and the true architectural beauty of Malta began to reveal itself… Helen Jones-Florio / Times of Malta

 

Old doorway, Msida, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Old doorway, Msida, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Having lived long-term in two major capitals, London and New York, where ‘rejuvenation’, ‘gentrification’, ‘generi-fication’ – however you want to tag it – has left its mark, which sadly, all too often means taking something away…

 

Men sitting outside of an old store front, bus station, Valletta (no longer there), Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Old store front, bus station, Valletta (no longer there), Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Derelict house of character, and part of Maltese balcony, Sliema, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Derelict house of character, Sliema, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Each and every door or facade has a story – and, someone, somewhere on the island can tell it. And, I want to see what’s behind the doors – hence, I’m often peeking through letterboxes and broken windows! Read full feature in Times of Malta

Related posts ‘Disappearing Malta‘  & ‘Behind Closed Doors’

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