Archives: Blackout Portraits by Jason Florio

    Blackout History ‘In the mid-1940’s as the German’s blitzed London, my grandmother and her neighbors used clothes to blackout the light emitting from their windows so as not to guide the Luftwaffe on their deadly mission…’ In the mid-90’s, unbeknown to him at the time, Jason Florio began to use the very sameContinue reading “Archives: Blackout Portraits by Jason Florio”

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Friday Photo: Dusk over Kunta Kinteh Island, on the River Gambia, West Africa

  Photographer, Jason Florio, walking down the jetty at Kunta Kinteh Island (formally James Island), in the middle of the River Gambia, near to the towns of Jeffureh and Albread, The Gambia, West Africa. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island was once served as one of the major ports on the Trans-Atlantic slave tradeContinue reading “Friday Photo: Dusk over Kunta Kinteh Island, on the River Gambia, West Africa”

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Blessed by a Marabout – spiritual healers, Koranic scholars – in West Africa

    ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ 2009 When we stayed with Alkalo, Fatou Dansu (one of only 5 female chiefs, at the time, in The Gambia), in the town of Basse, we met a strange, yet intriguing, old man called Mr Bah. Outwardly, he reminded me the obsequious UriahContinue reading “Blessed by a Marabout – spiritual healers, Koranic scholars – in West Africa”

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The gift of ‘Silafando’ to Gambian village chiefs, Image West Africa

  ‘All the village chiefs we met, very kindly permitted our raggle-taggle, road-weary, team to turn up, unannounced, and pitch our small camp, each evening. To show our respect, as strangers, when approaching the village chief -the Alkalo – we used the age-old traditional protocol, called ‘silafando’ (which roughly translates as ‘a gift to you onContinue reading “The gift of ‘Silafando’ to Gambian village chiefs, Image West Africa”

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