Tuesday photos: ‘The Poetess’ at Valletta Film Festival 2018

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

The Poetess: ‘Hissa Hilal is the voice from behind the veil. Her word is her weapon. We’ll never see her face. Like the majority of Saudi women, Hissa is covered from head to toe. She is not allowed to drive a car. She doesn’t own a passport and requires consent from her husband for any sort of activity...’ Read more/see screening times at Valletta Film Festival.

The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

’That idea, regarding Bedouin women, who were free! ’ Hissa Hilal
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
The Poetess, Valletta Film Festival screening, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
‘In our grandmothers’ times, there were tribes where women didn’t wear burqa!
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Travel: ‘Knight Town’ – Valletta, Malta – featured in Morning Calm/Korean Air

'Knight Town', Valletta, Malta - Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm
Travel: ‘Knight Town’, Valletta – Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm/Korean Air inflight magazine

 

Available now – a very enjoyable travel story that we worked on recently in Valletta, the enchanting ancient capital of Malta, for ‘Morning Calm’ (Korean Air’s in-flight Magazine) – page 20 onwards:Knights Town‘, words by Jamie Carter.

 

Valletta, as seen from Sliema, across the creek. Image © Helen Jones-Florio for Morning Calm
Valletta, as seen from Sliema, across the creek. Image © Helen Jones-Florio for Morning Calm  

 

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Helen & Jason - Brooklyn Bridge Park (Rose's birthday party)
Helen & Jason – Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY (image courtesy of Jennifer Hile)

Post Valletta Migration Summit, Nov 2015 – IRIN reports

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Image © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved.

The 14-page joint EU-African strategy on migration unveiled at the summit is divided into five sections including development, legal migration and mobility, and international protection and asylum. Perhaps most important from the point of view of European leaders are the final two sections covering cooperation on reducing irregular migration and smuggling, and boosting returns and readmissions. ‘ Words by Louise Hunt, read full report on IRIN

Postcards from a small island – Malta. Images ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta
Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta

 

Stormy skies over Sliema, and the Valletta/Sliema Ferry, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Stormy skies over Sliema, and the Valletta/Sliema Ferry, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

'Knight Town', Valletta, Malta - Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm
Travel: Knight Town, Valletta – Images © Jason Florio for Morning Calm/Korean Air

 

A very enjoyable travel story that we worked on, in Valletta, the enchanting ancient capital of Malta – and also the European Capital of Culture 2018 – for ‘Morning Calm’ (Korean Air’s in-flight Magazine).

 

On the rocks - dive time, Manoel Island, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
On the rocks – dive time, Manoel Island, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Walking along the Victoria Lines, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Walking along the Victoria Lines, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

What a revelation, on our Malta walks, to find so much nature, and tranquility, particularly after having recently read that the tiny Mediterranean island is equated with the word: ‘cementation’ –  and, in some areas, quite justifiably so. Where we live, for example, we are surrounded by deconstruction, reconstruction, new construction, behemoth cranes, and all the constant racket (and dust!) one can expect from the aforementioned.

 

Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio  

 

On my frequent meanderings around the streets of this small Mediterranean island, I regularly come across sites, such as these. Beautifully decaying doors and facades – portals to another place in time. Often, starkly juxtaposed by the surrounding modern, steel and glass (which, it appears, is the de rigueur architecture of Malta, sprouting up all over), one could easily walk right past these exquisite, woefully neglected, facades without even noticing them.

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Valletta, as seen from Sliema ©Helen Jones-Florio
Valletta, as seen from Sliema ©Helen Jones-Florio

The art of walking, and the people you meet along the way…

 

‘Dawn over Kalaji Bridge’ © Jason Florio – from ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African Odyssey‘
‘Dawn over Kalaji Bridge’ – Helen Jones-Florio and the team © Jason Florio – from ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African Odyssey

 

Wherever we are in the world, we walk, a lot, Florio and myself. As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the only ways to truly discover a place – and the people who live there. One time, in 2009, we decided to walk around the small West African country of The Gambia. A mere 930km, with three Gambian friends, two donkeys (‘Neil’ & ‘Paddy’.), and a cart to carry our camping and photography equipment. As one does.

Along the way, we met many people and photographed quite a few of them. Amongst them, around 43 village chiefs and elders, the photos of which are now award-winning portraits, ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey

‘Silafando’ The Gambia  © Jason Florio

 

Another time, we took it upon ourselves to take a stroll along the coastline of The Gambia – a much shorter walk of around 80km. Again, we met and made friends with many people along the way.

Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Making friends, Jinack Island, the Gambia © Jason Florio
Making friends, Jinack Island, the Gambia © Jason Florio

 

Historian and local fisherman, Modou Sonko, Jinack Island, Gambia-image © Jason Florio
Historian and local fisherman, Modou Sonko, Jinack Island, Gambia-image © Jason Florio

 

And, our walks in certain places always seem to attract a good deal of attention

'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 around here?’ Camping in the village chiefs compound comes at a price ©Jason Florio
Image: ©Jason Florio-2009 Gambian boy on his horse & farmer, on his bicycle, near the town of Basse, The Gambia, West Africa
Gambian boy on his horse & farmer, on his bicycle, near the town of Basse, The Gambia, West Africa Image: ©Jason Florio-2009
For some reason, we seem to attract dogs, wherever we go! Jason Florio and ‘Seven’ (from Footsteps Eco Lodge) talking to the cockle collectors, Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Of late, we’ve taken to meandering – going off-piste whenever possible – discovering the clifftops, valleys, and crevices of Malta.

Graffiti - President Trump and broken wall, Malta ©Jason Florio
Graffiti – President Trump, Malta ©Jason Florio

 

And, just when you think that you’ve seen all it has to offer, the small island in the middle of the Mediterranean (sandwiched somewhere between Sicily and the North African coast) never fails to reveal something more of itself.

Scenes from Malta - photography by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio
Scenes from Malta – photography by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio/Instagram

 

Victoria Lines, with Jason Florio
Walking the Victoria Lines, with Jason Florio – image © Helen Jones-Florio

Are we in Texas?!

Are we in Texas? Wind turbine, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Are we in Texas? Wind turbine, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta
Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta
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These boots, and Birkenstocks, are made for walking
These boots, and Birkenstocks, are made for walking

Doors and Facades – Malta

Doors of Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

In traditional Japanese aestheticsWabi-sabi () is a world-view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” 

Pace Press: Old store front, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Paces Press – old storefront, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Sliema Stamp Shop - Old store front, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Sliema Stamp Shop – old storefront, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

On my frequent meanderings around the streets of this small Mediterranean island, I regularly come across sites, such as these. Beautifully decaying doors and facades – portals to another place in time. Often, starkly juxtaposed by the surrounding modern, steel and glass (which, it appears, is the de rigueur architecture of Malta, sprouting up all over the place), one could very easily walk right past these exquisite, woefully neglected, facades without even noticing them.

 

The Main Event - Old store front, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
The Main Event – Old storefront, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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Old store front, Gzira, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Without a doubt, in the not too distant future, these beautiful old doors and storefronts in Malta will become part of my ‘Places and Spaces that no longer exisit… or not in their original form

 

Turquoise door - Balutta Bay, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Turquoise door – Balutta Bay, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

In fact, since taking these photos, some of these doors and facades have already been relegated to large skips, to be disposed of. Or, I like to think that they will have been salvaged by some enterprising dumpster-diver, to be restored to their former glory elsewhere on the island.

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Old door, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-FlorioMG_9926
Old door, Valletta, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

What is behind the doors, I often wonder? Now, there’s somewhere I’d truly like to see… .

Helen Jones-Florio

 

Helen Jones-Florio profile shot - Image ©Jason Florio
Helen Jones-Florio – Image ©Jason Florio

 

Photo of the Day: The Phoenix search & rescue team leaves for another mission in the Med.

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The MOAS Phoenix departing the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, 27/06/2016 © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Wishing all the team onboard the Phoenix – which also includes photographer, Jason Florio – a safe journey, as they head back down towards the coast of Libya, for their second search and rescue mission of 2016, in the Mediterranean Sea.

Helen Jones-Florio

The Phoenix Heads Out to the Mediterranean – photographer, Jason Florio, onboard once again

 

The Phoenix Heads out of Grand Harbour, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
The Phoenix Heads out of Grand Harbour, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

On Monday, June 6, 2016, I watched from my vantage point on the rocks overlooking the historical Grand Harbour, and the Three Cities, Malta, as the Phoenix sailed out towards the Mediterranean on its first mission of 2016 in those waters. Once more onboard – just as he had been in 2015 – my husband, photographer, Jason Florio, camera gear at the ready, to document the boat rescues; which began as soon as they reached their destination of the ‘Dead Zone‘, off the Libyan coast.

The next boat the Phoenix crew will see, within their vicinity, won’t be a tourist boat leisurely cruising the Three Cities, in the calm waters of the Grand Harbour, but a precariously over-crowded rubber dinghy, out in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea – which will prove to be the first of several rescues in these first few days at sea.

Love and luck, and a safe journey, to Florio and the always-inspiring, hard-working Phoenix SAR team and the crew  – and to the Responder crew too, MOAS’s 2nd boat (which Florio was onboard earlier this year, on its missions in the Aegean Sea), which will be alongside, patrolling the waters.

Helen Jones-Florio

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HJF © Jason Florio
HJF © Jason Florio