Gambian ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshop students receive their certificates

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Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa

A selection of images of the ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ school students, from various towns and villages around The Gambia, West Africa, showing off their Certificates of Attendance – which each student received after completion of their photography workshop with photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, and producer, Helen Jones-Florio.

Huge thanks to Josh Shrager, Papa Njie, and all at the US Embassy, Banjul, for partnering with ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language

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Tote bag design by ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing‘ – made in The Gambia
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Aila Senior Secondary School, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa
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Catherine Mahoney, St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa
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Ya Ida Drammeh, SBEC International School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa
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Sally Asamoah, Aila Senior Secondary School, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa
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Kadjiatou Jawara, Imam Malick Islamic School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa
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Muhammed Sinera, Imam Malick Islamic School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa
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Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa
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St Martins School, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa
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Florence Ampong, Principal, St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa
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Gerald Sowah, St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Kombos, The Gambia, West Africa

We are now working on an exhibition, to be held in The Gambia, of the students work…news on this coming soon.

We have so much more to share with you. So, please check in again to see more of the students work. In the meantime, if you would like to check out the students work we have uploaded so far, please click on ‘Students Work‘ and ‘Teaching the Art of Portrait Photography

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Image © Ya Ida Drammeh

 

If you are interested in booking a Photos Tell Stories photography workshop with us, or a presentation of the work from our West Africa travels: ‘River Gambia Expedition‘ and ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘, please click here for more details.

Thanks, as ever, for stopping by

The Florios – Jason & Helen

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Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, Photoville, NY, 2013. Image © Chris Bartlett

‘Behind-the-Scenes’ of Photos Tell Stories photography workshops with Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

We’ve been busy adding more ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ images of tutor and photographer, Jason Florio, with the students, from the ‘Photos-Tell-Stories‘ photography workshops we’ve been holding here in The Gambia.

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Kartong village students, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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Tutor and photographer, Jason Florio, with the Kartong village students – image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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We have an audience! local village kids climb up to the window to watch the Florio’s slideshow with the students, Kartong © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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The Kartong students learn how to capture movement © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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‘Shade’ Jason Florio works with the Kartong students © Helen Jones-Florio

 

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The editing suite : Jason Florio edits the Kartong workshop students images, ready to show the village during the night program © Helen Jones-Florio

 

To see more from our ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ photo album, please visit our ‘Photos Tell Stories’ FB page.  Also, if you want to check out the images our workshop students are producing with the cameras, please check out ‘Photos Tell Stories Students Images

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The Kombos Photos Tell Stories photography workshop students – portrait class

 

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BIG thanks to FujiFilm, USA, for partnering with ‘Photos Tell Stories’

 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by. We have so many more great images from our Photos Tell Stories photography students to share with you. So, please stop by again soon.

Foulundo (until next time)

The Florios

Helen Jones-Florio – Photos Tell Stories producer

Jason Florio – Photos Tell Stories photographer and tutor

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Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

The Gambia ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops – partnered with the US Embassy, Banjul

Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia – ‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their photography workshop certificates

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‘Photos Tell Stories’ students receive their workshop certificates Silicon Institute, Soma, The Gambia, West Africa

We have just returned from a very productive couple of days in the up-country regions of The Gambia, where we took ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language on the road. And, the students we taught have produced some incredible images, of which we will share with you all on here very soon – once we have put an edit together. Speaking of editing…

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Jason Florio edits the Soma Institute students work – to show during the night program (thanks to QCell for the their contribution of the USB dongle and router – being constantly connected has made our job so much easier!) © Helen Jones-Florio . 
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BIG thanks to Foto Care, NYC, we able to give every ‘Photos Tell Stories‘ workshop student a thumb drive to save their images on © Helen Jones-Florio

After each of  1-day ‘Photos Tell Stories’ workshops, in the evening  the US Embassy Banjul team (our main partners – special thanks to Josh Shrager, Papa Njie!) would set up their cinema-sized inflatable screen in a main area of the village or town. In Soma we had a great program – projecting the students work onto the screen for all to see.

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Soma comes out to see the Silicon Institute’s students photography – projected onto a cinema-sized inflatable screen. Images © Jason Florio

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Using the sound system from the embassy,  and DJ’ing West African vibes courtesy of one of our students – Alhasan Bah ( from the Silicon Institute), people were dancing and cheering throughout the screening – it was quite the celebration! We felt very humbled to have played a part in the excitement of the students seeing their images up there on the screen.

When the music stopped, we then screened our River Gambia Expedition footage. The audience seemed fascinated by the moving  images of their country –  along with Senegal and Guinea-Conakry –  portrayed on the huge screen.  I think we could have gone on all night!

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

Check out the Silicon institute PTS’s workshop students images here

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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In partnership Fotwith the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia (tote bag design by ‘Jekkah’ Gambia)

Lets get this show on the road! ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops goes up-country, The Gambia, West Africa

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Road trip! with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography workshops, The Gambia Thanks to Mustafa for the ride.

We are taking ‘Photos Tell Stories’ up-country to villages around Farafenni and Soma. We’ll update on the workshops as soon as we can.

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QCell, Gambia

Thanks to ‘Jekkah – African inspired clothing’ for the the fab tote bags (see door of jeep)! And to Q Cell, Gambia for their contribution of the USB stick and router – which allows me to post this from the back of the jeep!

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Helen – workshop producer – Coffee break in Sibanor, on route to Farafenni © Jason Florio
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3 1/2 hours in Soma, waiting for the ferry to cross the River Gambia! © Jason Florio

After 3 1/2 hours of waiting in a mile long line, in 90+ degree heat, that wasn’t moving anywhere fast, enough was enough – plus, we did want to get to Farafenni today! – we decided to take the ‘fast track’, as we had watched many other vehicles doing, to the front of the line. You can deduce for yourselves what that means, but lets just say that it involved paying out more Dalassi than we intended to! And, then it was wacky races, with all of those other ‘fast trackers‘, to get to the ferry, and getting our rear tail light taken out by a gilly gilly (local minibus) in the process!

More news soon on the Photos Tell Stories workshops, here up-country .

Fonyato domanding!

The Florios (Helen & Jason)

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In partnership with the US Embassy, Banjul, The Gambia