‘Musa with Rescued Patas Monkey’ – print donated to Critical Exposure fundraising auction

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For the last couple of years we have been asked to donate prints to Critical Exposure – for their Picture Equality fundraising auction; to which we have readily agreed to. It’s such a good cause, which helps to raise thousands of dollars.

Critical Exposure teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.’ About Critical Exposure

This year, Jason donated ‘Musa with Rescued Patas Monkey‘ – an image from his ‘River Gambia‘ body of work, which he took whilst we were on our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘.

This is Critical Exposure’s 10th Anniversary and last year they raised over $30,000 for their programs, to help empower youth through the medium of photography – which falls in with the ethos of what we are endeavoring to achieve with our ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ workshops; we held the inaugural workshop in The Gambia, West Africa, earlier this year.

Please help spread the word, to make 2014’s auction an even bigger success – you can even bid for Jason’s print or for donated prints from other photographers, including Ed Kashi, Ami Vitale, and National Geographic.

More news on our travels and work coming soon.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Helen Jones=Florio & Jason Florio
Helen Jones=Florio & Jason Florio

 

 

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Dogs of the Gambia, West Africa

Cast of Extras - Dogs, dogs, everywhere! © Helen Jones-Florio Dogs of Gambia
A Cast of Extras – Dogs, dogs, everywhere! Jason Florio has made some new friends © Helen Jones-Florio

Looking forward to seeing our four-legged friends, again… soon.

Walkin' the dogs, of the Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio
‘The Pack’, – Kalu, Wolf, White Tip & Wolf, Cape Point, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

See more of these little beauties

Dogs of the Gambia

 

Beach dogs - Wolf, White Tip and Juju © Helen Jones-Florio
Beach dogs – Wolf, White Tip, and Juju, Cape Point, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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White Tip & Wolf on monkey watch © Helen Jones-Florio Dogs of Gambia
White Tip & Wolf on monkey watch © Helen Jones-Florio

Dogs of The Gambia, West Africa – AKA ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’

Dogs of The Gambia, West Africa

 

White Tip & Wolf on monkey watch © Helen Jones-Florio Dogs of Gambia
White Tip & Wolf on monkey watch © Helen Jones-Florio

 

One of our favourite pastimes, when in The Gambia, is hanging out with the #9 pack of rescue dogs – and assorted random beach dogs.

Beach walks and making documentaries, with Jason Florio

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Each and every one of them has real character, which we also have A.K.A. names for too: White Tip / ‘It’s All About Me‘ (because she demands ALL the attention); Rascal/’Little Titch‘(the smallest, yet the feistiest of the pack!); Wolf/’Silent Bob‘ (the stealthiest dog I have ever met); Kalu/’Black Dog‘ (ermm…not a very inspired AKA…he migrated from the Indian restaurant across the street to #9, and ‘Kalu’ is an Indian word for black); Junior/’JuJu‘ (and, sometimes, ‘Teenager‘, because he can sleep for Gambia!).

 

Beach dogs - Wolf, White Tip and Juju © Helen Jones-Florio
Beach dogs – Wolf, White Tip and Juju, Cape Point Beach, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Follow @floriotravels on Instagram for daily travel, dogs, the occasional cat or monkey, photo updates, with a little of our documentary work thrown into the mix.

Photography assignments in West Africa – what the Florios have been up to lately

Since completely the inaugural ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ workshops, in The Gambia, West Africa, Jason Florio and I have worked on a number of diverse assignments, here in West Africa –  a couple of them together,  just over the border into the Casamance, Southern Senegal, for NGO Concern Universal, and then north over the border into Senegal for the New York Times, covering a story about a football academy (conveniently timely!). Jason then flew off to Sierra Leone, to shoot a story about ethical diamond mining for ‘Oprah‘ Magazine; and he recently returned from Turkey and Spain, where he was on assignment for PepsiCo, about agriculture (yet to be published).

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Image © Jason Florio

 

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Image © Jason Florio

 

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Image © Jason Florio

 

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Image © Jason Florio

 

We had a beautifully laid out feature in Sidetracked Magazine – all about our ‘River Gambia Expedition –1044km source-sea African odyssey

Camped on the rock, post potential-mutiny, I was now self-medicating with palm-wine, and concluded it was a fine lubricant to complement the bowl of noodles and some mystery meat a young local Bassari boy brought to us. I would like to say, that huddled around a bowl of possible monkey meet on such a Christian holy day...’  words and images by Jason Florio. Please click on the image below to read the whole story.

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Sidetracked Magazine – Images © Jason Florio

 

We’ll be updating again soon…with more Photos Tell Stories news of what we are up to. In the meantime, you might like to check out our FB page, twitter, and Instagram, for photos and news.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Helen Jones=Florio & Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

 

 

Night time photography projections of ‘Photos Tell Stories’ workshop students images, The Gambia, West Africa

soma night shotAfter each of our 1-day ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ workshops, Jason Florio (PTS’s photographer and tutor) would make an edit of the students work. When darkness fell, we would then project their images onto a huge inflatable, cinema-sized, screen – thanks to our main partners, the U.S. Embassy, Banjul – for the whole village or town to see.

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The above shots are from the night projections in Soma, in the Lower River Division of The Gambia, showing the Silicon Institute students work. It was quite the party – cheering, singing, and dancing as each image was projected.

Soma is a noteworthy place to us, as we had passed through there on both our West Africa expeditions. We stopped to get supplies, late 2009, when we were walking around The Gambia: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ with our two donkeys and a cart (to carry only our camera and camping gear – and not us, I hasten to add!). During our walk, Jason made formal portraits of all the village chiefs and elders who we stayed with each night. These images resulted in an award-winning body of work – ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey‘ –  and they have also been exhibited around the world.

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Alkalo Dadi Bah, Tuba Dabbo, The Gambia © Jason Florio – ‘Silafando’ portraits of village chiefs and elders.

The next time we visited Soma, early 2013, we approached the town by river, in two Canadian-style folding canoes, whilst we were on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’. 

Starting at the source of the River Gambia, in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, we had over-landed up and down the mountains, before getting our two canoes into the river in Kedougou, on the boarder of Guinea-Conakry. The aim of this journey was to make a photo documentary of the people who live and work along one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – before the potential building of a dam, which will irrevocably change many of those peoples lives.  The ‘River Gambia’ body of work has also been exhibited worldwide – via exhibitions and media coverage.

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Two Christian men from the Bassari tribe bathe in River Gambia in Senegal next to a Patas monkey they had shot in the forest on the opposite bank. The monkey was hunted for its meat for a treat for their family, as it was Christmas day. Image © Jason Florio
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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click on image or here to view

After showing our PTS’s students both bodies of work, along with teaching them the techniques of photography,  throughout the workshops, a couple of them have shown a real talent for capturing an image. We hope that they will continue to develop this talent. Please check out more of the students work here.

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Photos Tell Stories in Kartong, The Gambia

 

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Photos Tell Stories in Fajara, The Gambia

More images from the Photos Tell Stories students work coming soon.

The Florios – Jason & Helen

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Helen & Jason – River Gambia Expedition