‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops are in Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa

Heading our from our lodgings to teach
Photos Tell Stories: AMRC Guest House, Farafenni © Helen Jones-Florio


Farafenni Senior Secondary School © Jason Florio

The first of our up-country Photos Tell Stories photography workshops is at Farafenni Senior Secondary High School. Big thanks to Musa Jallow for helping us set up today.

Now…on with the workshop!

Updates coming soon.

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Photographer/tutor: Jason Florio

Workshop producer: Helen Jones-Florio

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Lets get this show on the road! ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops goes up-country, The Gambia, West Africa

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Road trip! with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops, The Gambia Thanks to Mustafa for the ride.

We are taking ‘Photos Tell Stories’ up-country to villages around Farafenni and Soma. We’ll update on the workshops as soon as we can.

QCell, Gambia

Thanks to ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing’ for the the fab tote bags (see door of jeep)! And to Q Cell, Gambia for their contribution of the USB stick and router – which allows me to post this from the back of the jeep!

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Helen – workshop producer – Coffee break in Sibanor, on route to Farafenni © Jason Florio
3 1/2 hours in Soma, waiting for the ferry to cross the River Gambia! © Jason Florio

After 3 1/2 hours of waiting in a mile long line, in 90+ degree heat, that wasn’t moving anywhere fast, enough was enough – plus, we did want to get to Farafenni today! – we decided to take the ‘fast track’, as we had watched many other vehicles doing, to the front of the line. You can deduce for yourselves what that means, but lets just say that it involved paying out more Dalassi than we intended to! And, then it was wacky races, with all of those other ‘fast trackers‘, to get to the ferry, and getting our rear tail light taken out by a gilly gilly (local minibus) in the process!

More news soon on the Photos Tell Stories workshops, here up-country .

Fonyato domanding!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

In partnership with the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia

Gambian ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshop students receive their certificates

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Kembujeh students: Aminata Saidy,  Kaddy Bojang, Fatou Jawo

We’ve been extremely busy over the last couple of weeks, since beginning the first ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ – here in The Gambia, West Africa – the first one being a 4-day workshop, where our students produced some inspired work. And, we are just about to run out again to meet with those students, to present them with their ‘Certificates of Attendance’. However, we just wanted to share these images of a couple of yesterdays photography students, proudly showing off their certificates, from a 1-day workshop we held in the village of Kembujeh.

Kembujeh student: Sally Asamoah

We have great images to share with you from the students, which we will upload soon. However, please bear with us as tomorrow we head up-country, to Farafenni and Soma, to hold more 1-day ‘Photos Tell Stories’  workshops.

Thanks for stopping by – please come back to see how well our Gambian photography students have been doing.

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Photographer/tutor: Jason Florio

Workshop Producer: Helen Jones-Florio

In partnership with the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia

Tote bag design by Jekkah – African inspired clothing – thanks for partnering with us

‘Behind-the-Scenes’ with photograher, Jason Florio, and Gambian Photos Tell Stories photography workshop students

Jason Florio with two of our students, Gerald and Ya Ida, documenting beach life, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

Please check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ FB photo album – for regularly updated snap shots of Jason Florio working with the Gambian photography students for ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

Josh Shrager, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy Banjul, joins the students and Florio as they edit their work. It’s thanks to Josh/US Embassy that we are able to do the workshops © Helen Jones-Florio
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Florio teaches the art of portraiture at the YMCA with Gambian students, Aisha and Gerald © Helen Jones-Florio
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Day 1 : the students introduce themselves © Helen Jones-Florio
Florio teaches Omar portrait photography – his models/our Gambian students dress up for the occasion © Helen Jones-Florio
Workshop producer, Helen Jones-Florio, gets the cameras ready for another days shooting. Thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for thier partnership © Jason Florio
The end of Day 1: L-R (back row) Lucia, Catherine, Florence, Omar, Muhammed, Jason Florio (front row) Khadjiatou, Aisha, Ya Ida, Haryaz, Muhammed © Helen Jones-Florio

We’ll be posting more of the students images from the initial 4-day workshop very soon. Later this week, we start to take the workshops on the road – for 1-day ‘Village Photography Workshops‘ – to more rural and up-country areas of The Gambia. We’re looking forward to this as it’s these areas that both of us spend most of time in, whenever we travel to the country.

Our first stop will be the small village of Kembujeh – which is in the  area where Jason photographed much of his ‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest series of portraits; taken over a period of 12 years. We’ll no doubt be stopping for tea at fisherman, Abdou Ndong’s compound, in the village – a favorite ‘Makasutu’ subject and great friend of Jason’s over the years.

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Abdou Ndong – Gambian fisherman with a rescued crocodile (Makasutu) © Jason Florio

Abdou was also  one the fishermen who came on the ‘River Gambia Expedition1044km source-sea African odyssey’ (2013-14), along with Ebou Jarju, who is kindly helping us to arrange the photography students for the Kembujeh workshop.

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Thank you for stopping by!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

Even we (Jason and Helen) didn’t escape direction from the photography students during their ‘how to shoot a portrait’ day!
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