Recycling plastic: The Kankurang masquerade – ‘Coming of Age’ ceremony, The Gambia. Image © Jason Florio

  To read more about the machete wielding Kankurang, and why this particular Mandinka masquerade was on the beach – made from recycled plastic rice sacks – in The Gambia, West Africa, please see previous post.  

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Instagram: Kankurang – traditional masquerade, The Gambia, West Africa

    Walking along the beach, near Brufut, on Sunday, Jason and I happened across a Mandinka initiation ‘Coming of Age‘ ceremony – a traditional rite of passage. Three young boys had been brought to the beach, to be ceremonially washed by older boys, former initiates, as part of the final stages of their circumcisionContinue reading “Instagram: Kankurang – traditional masquerade, The Gambia, West Africa”

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New photo project: Masquerades, The (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa

  Now that we are back in The Gambia, we’ll be continuing with a photography project, based on the traditional masquerades of this region of West Africa. Despite the Gambia being a predominantly Muslim country, the animist fuelled masquerade ceremonies pre-date the arrival of Islam and are still tolerated and practiced around the country. Animism is anContinue reading “New photo project: Masquerades, The (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa”

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Photographing Gambian masquerades with Jason Florio… and an audience

Work in Progress. We can hardly wait to get back down to West Africa, to carry on working on our personal projects – one of which is a photographic anthology of the traditional masquerades of The Gambia, West Africa. As a photography producer,  my work takes place behind-the-scenes of assignments, ensuring that everything runs asContinue reading “Photographing Gambian masquerades with Jason Florio… and an audience”

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