‘Dawn over Kalaji Bridge’ – Helen Jones-Florio and the team © Jason Florio – from ‘ A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African Odyssey‘
Wherever we are in the world,
we walk, a lot, Florio and myself. As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the only ways to truly discover a place – and the people who live there. One time, in 2009, we decided to walk around the small West African country of The Gambia. A mere 930km, with three Gambian friends, two donkeys ( ‘Neil’ & ‘Paddy’.), and a cart to carry our camping and photography equipment. As one does.
Along the way, we met many people and photographed quite a few of them. Amongst them, around 43 village chiefs and elders, the photos of which are now award-winning portraits, ‘
Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey‘
‘Silafando’ The Gambia © Jason Florio
Another time, we took it upon ourselves to
take a stroll along the coastline of The Gambia – a much shorter walk of around 80km. Again, we met and made friends with many people along the way.
Our constant companions, during our walk around Jinack Island, Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
Making friends, Jinack Island, the Gambia © Jason Florio
Historian and local fisherman, Modou Sonko, Jinack Island, Gambia-image © Jason Florio
And, our walks in certain places always seem to attract a good deal of attention
‘Any chance of a bit of privacy around here?’ Camping in the village chiefs compound comes at a price ©Jason Florio
Gambian boy on his horse & farmer, on his bicycle, near the town of Basse, The Gambia, West Africa Image: ©Jason Florio-2009
For some reason, we seem to attract dogs, wherever we go! Jason Florio and ‘Seven’ (from Footsteps Eco Lodge) talking to the cockle collectors, Gambia – image © Helen Jones-Florio
Of late, we’ve taken to meandering – going off-piste whenever possible –
discovering the clifftops, valleys, and crevices of Malta.
Graffiti – President Trump, Malta ©Jason Florio
And, just when you think that you’ve seen all it has to offer, the small island in the middle of the Mediterranean (sandwiched somewhere between Sicily and the North African coast) never fails to reveal something more of itself.
Scenes from Malta – photography by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio/Instagram
Walking the Victoria Lines, with Jason Florio – image © Helen Jones-Florio
Are we in Texas? Wind turbine, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio
Valletta, through a window © Jason Florio, Malta Follow us on Instagram for regular travel photo updates
These boots, and Birkenstocks, are made for walking
Photographer, Jason Florio, filming, wading in the Atlantic Ocean, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio
It’s always good to be back on the ‘
‘ – there is a lot going on in the Smiling Coast #NewGambia. More news soon…
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Jason Florio, filming in Serrekunda, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio