Slideshow: behind the scenes of the River Gambia Expedition -1044km source to sea African odyssey

In early December, 2012 – mid-January, 2013, we followed the course of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – the River Gambia. Along the way, Jason documented the everyday life of those people who’s lives depend on the river.

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Image © Jason Florio – gold miners in the River Gambia, Senegal

 

From the source of the of the river – in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, through the riverside goldmines of south west Senegal, on into The Republic of The Gambia itself, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean – we had an incredible journey, discovering the regions that we passed through; including dodging hippos and hair raising moto-taxi rides with stoned bikers! Welcome to behind the scenes of our River Gambia travels…

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We hope you enjoyed the ride. You may also like to check out our Floriotravels Youtube page, where you can see snippets of our journey in motion.

Updates coming soon on our pending travels, back down to West Africa

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Film & Radio

Film:

“A Blossom Pink World” – a film by Jason Florio & Zane Dedlow for International HIV/AIDS Alliance

 

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‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia – Documentary Trailer. Made for Amnesty International

Vimeo ‘We Never Gave Up - Stories of Courage in Gambia’ - Documentary Trailer. Made for Amnesty International
Vimeo ‘We Never Gave Up – Stories of Courage in Gambia’ – Documentary Trailer. Made for Amnesty International

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Interview footage © Jason Florio/MOAS_EU click image or here to view

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MOAS/Phoenix crew: ‘I Care Because’ interviews by Jason Florio for MOAS_EU + rescue footage. Click above image or here to view

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YOTUBE: footage © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved. Click on here or on above image to view

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Kristian Kiehling interviews MOAS founder, Christopher Catrambone, aboard his rescue boat, the Phoenix – videographer, Jason Florio, for MOAS_EU

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Footage © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015 – watch here

 

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© MOAS.EU / Jason Florio – All rights reserved. Watch here

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‘Exploding Lakes’ – Lake Kivu, Uganda. Videography by Jason Florio for M.I.T. Review Technology/Redux Pictures NYC

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Vimeo – Florio Travels: Jason Florio makes a portrait of the ‘Alkalo’ (village chief) of Khalaji, The Gambia, W.Africa. Footage by Helen Jones-Florio

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Forest Festival, Casamance, Senegal, West Africa – Videography © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio for Concern Universal, The Gambia & Senegal (Click here or above image to view film)

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RED CROSS-PORTRAITS

Portraits and interviews © Jason Florio for the American Red Cross, NY (click here or above image to view)

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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click on image or here to view

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Photos Tell Stories exhibition opening night – with Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio (47 secs in click image to view)

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Youtube: Snapshots from the River Gambia Expedition © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio. Click above image or here to view

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Youtube : Jason Florio talks about his work as a photojournalist with B&H’s Jennifer Diamond, NYC

 

To read more press and awards from our previous journeys, please visit ‘meet the press’

Radio:

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BBC Radio – ‘Excess Baggage’ : Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – Walking around The Gambia, by foot

 

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WEEKEND RADIO – Boyd Matson interviews Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

 

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One Hour Photo – interview

 

 

 

Expeditions

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Image © Jason Florio ‘River Gambia’

‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’

November 2012 – January 2013 – after 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal we then put our two canoes into the river in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine – just paddle power) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Image © Jason Florio ‘River Gambia’

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic, in The Gambia, and the end of our journey.

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Youtube: ‘River Gambia’ – footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

All in all, it was a phenomenal journey. To read the whole story, please visit: River Gambia Expedition

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Image © Jason Florio ‘Silafando’

‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’

In October-December, 2009, we made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa, completely on foot – along with two donkeys and cart, to carry our camera and camping equipment.

A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush
Image © Jason Florio ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’

Jason’s portraits of village chiefs (Alkalo’s) and elders, which he took whilst we were on the 930km walk, have since become an award-winning body of work – ‘Silafando’ ,  a local Mandinka word which translates as: ‘a gift to you on behalf of my journey