Press: Slate Magazine features the River Gambia Expedition

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Slate Magazine – December 2013

Thanks to Slate Magazine and Alyssa Coppelman for featuring our River Gambia Expedition – which we completed in January this year.

Jason Florio’s travels around the Republic of the Gambia read like tales of adventure from centuries past. Florio, along with his wife, Helen Jones-Florio, had already traveled extensively in the West African country before they took a 600-mile walk all the way around it in 2009. The first recorded circumnavigation by foot of the Gambia turned out to be practice for the Florios’ next adventure: documenting the River Gambia.’ Read more here

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Slate Magazine – December 2013 – images © Jason Florio

‘Photos Tell Stories – teaching photography -a visual language’

Update: The Christmas holidays have delayed us slightly but we now have a start date for the inaugural Photos Tell Stories photography workshop in The Gambia, West Africa: 2nd January 2014.

We’re really looking forward to working with young Gambia students – we’re particularly excited about what they will produce once we give them free reign of the camera (BIG thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for the cameras).

More updates coming shortly.

Thanks for stopping by

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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The River Gambia Expedition team: Abdou, Ebou, Helen, & Jason – near to the source of the river in the Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry

Happy Holidays from The Florios in The Gambia, West Africa!

Image © Jason Florio – The Gambia, West Africa

An oldie but goldie, taken during our ‘Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ in December 2009. We met this gentleman on the road – he seemed oblivious to the fact that he was wearing a santa hat in 95 degree heat! In fact, he made us feel instantly homesick for Christmas-time with our folks back home.

We are about to shut up shop for a few days – for Christmas – and from pre-production mode  for our first photography workshop in The Gambia: Photos Tell Stories . We are off to stay with friends up at Sandele Eco Retreat (we are so fortunate to have great friends who live in sublimely peaceful places), in Kartong. However, we will be back ‘in town’ on Friday 27th, December, as we have been invited to present our ‘River Gambia Expedition‘ and ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian bush‘ work with host Alieu Sabally  for his ‘Bantaba’ show on  Paradise Radio – with ‘live radio coverage’ at Safari Garden Hotel, Fajara.

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Florio and Alieu with the event flier, Safari Garden Hotel, Fajara, The Gambia – image © helen jones-florio

Presentation and live interview of the couple  who went for a expedition to the source of the River Gambia by boat. And traveled around The Gambia by foot(that’s us!) – blurb on that there flier Florio and Alieu are holding.

For anyone who might be in Fajara on Friday night, from 6pm-(?), come on down and give us a little support – I think you can even ask questions afterwards! There is buffet too (425D) for those who want to eat –  cold Julbrew (local beer) for those who just want to drink.

Please feel free to subscribe to the blog, if you’d like updates on the photography workshops (click ‘follow’ in the left hand column) – or you can ‘like’ our Photos Tell Stories FB page or follow us on Twitter.

More soon on the workshops.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

The Florios – Jason & Helen

Florio and Helen – Photoville, NY, 2013 © Chris Bartlett

Press: Huffington Post – Julie Grahame/aCurator ‘2013’s Most Striking Fine Art Photography’

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We are honored that Julie Grahame/aCurator included our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ in her 2013 choices for fine art photography, in yesterdays Huffington Post.

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 4.04.21 PMTo see more of Jason Florio’s images from our River Gambia journey, earlier this year, please check out

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Female migrants from Guinea Bissau work along the shores of a tributary of River Gambia, in The Gambia, collecting oysters that hang from the mangroves © Jason Florio

We will post more news soon about the start date of our inaugural ‘Photos Tell Stories. Teaching photography – a visual language‘ workshop in The Gambia.

Thanks for stopping by

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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The Florios are back on ‘the smiling coast’ – ready to start our first photography workshop in The Gambia, West Africa

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SCHOOL KIDS_FAJARA_GAMBIA SHEEP_GAMBIAWe are now ensconced in the ‘village-like’ Cape Point area of  The Gambia.  And, aside from being subjected to banging Bangra music – blasted at mac 11, until 3am this morning – all is well. The house we are staying in is surrounded by a rich, luscious tropical garden, accompanied by natures own acoustics – courtesy of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Oh…and about seven Gambian bush dogs, which our gracious and very charitable host, and dear friend, has rescued!

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Speaking of our host – she is also the instigator behind ‘The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust‘ charity,  who very generously ‘loaned’ us the two donkeys – for our first expedition in 2009: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ – with the very un-Gambian-like names of ‘Neil’ and ‘Paddy’ (who was replaced early on in the walk by the more robust Hadley). We used the diminutive, but extremely strong, donkeys to alternately pull the cart loaded down with all our camera and camping gear.

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Helen and the ‘Short Walk‘ team – including ‘Neil’ and ‘Hadley’ – visit the local lumo (market), The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Since we arrived, we’ve been busy meeting with our man at the U.S. Embassy, Banjul – our partners in this inaugural ‘Photos Tell Stories. Teaching photography – a visual language‘ workshop – to finalize the workshop schedule; collecting boxes of cameras and photography books (thanks for the generous donations from FujiFilm USA and powerHouse Books, NYC, respectively); catching up with great friends, reacquainting ourselves with a country which we both love; and lastly, finding somewhere to situate ourselves, so that we have space to set up our pre-production photography workshop office, without too many distractions (again, our host was like an angel sent from on high).

Having said that, the ocean continues to beckon. Hey, all work and no play…plus, the dogs wouldn’t forgive us if we didn’t let them run us ragged down on the beach, every now and then!

More updates coming very soon

The Florios (H & Flo)

Thanks again to everyone – partners and contributing photographers – for their support

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