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.
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‘
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…
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.
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!
Check out the Silicon institute PTS’s workshop students images here
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!