Cover Shots: Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio, The Gambia, West Africa

Cover shot © Jason Florio for FD Persoonlijk Magazine ‘Environment & Climate – the resurrection of Han Stiphout’

Ten years ago Han Stiphout (64) had two castles in Limberg and a bid for his company of more €20 million. Just before the sale, he went bankrupt. Now he is picking up again and building recycling plants in The Gambia and Senegal words by Hella Hueck / FD Persoonlijk Magazine + all feature images © Jason Florio

– Published 19th April 2019

Super excited – we both made the cover of two separate publications, this week, connected to The Gambia, West Africa!

Cover shot © Helen Jones-Florio (Mile2 Prison, Gambia)ANEKED Gambia launches the first edition of the TRRC Digest which gives a summary of the first session of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission hearings.

A constructive recount of the first session of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission hearings looking into the July 22nd Coup and the early aftermath. The summary provides names of persons adversely mentioned as perpetrators of and/or  accessory to gross human rights violations.
TRRC Digest, Edition 1 – 7th January to 28th January, 2019 – ANEKED

– published 17th April 2019

Currently working in the Gambia – April 2019

Gambia – Victims, and Resisters of a Regime


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Dogs of The Gambia, West Africa – AKA ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’

Dogs of The Gambia, West Africa


White Tip & Wolf on monkey watch © Helen Jones-Florio Dogs of Gambia
White Tip & Wolf on monkey watch © Helen Jones-Florio


One of our favourite pastimes, when in The Gambia, is hanging out with the #9 pack of rescue dogs – and assorted random beach dogs.

Beach walks and making documentaries, with Jason Florio

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Each and every one of them has real character, which we also have A.K.A. names for too: White Tip / ‘It’s All About Me‘ (because she demands ALL the attention); Rascal/’Little Titch‘(the smallest, yet the feistiest of the pack!); Wolf/’Silent Bob‘ (the stealthiest dog I have ever met); Kalu/’Black Dog‘ (ermm…not a very inspired AKA…he migrated from the Indian restaurant across the street to #9, and ‘Kalu’ is an Indian word for black); Junior/’JuJu‘ (and, sometimes, ‘Teenager‘, because he can sleep for Gambia!).


Beach dogs - Wolf, White Tip and Juju © Helen Jones-Florio
Beach dogs – Wolf, White Tip and Juju, Cape Point Beach, The Gambia © Helen Jones-Florio


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Photo Assignment in Ghana, West Africa


Accra, Ghana – Images © Jason Florio

Tomorrow, we fly out of The Gambia on a photography assignment in Ghana, for an NGO we work often with – my first visit to the country, Jason’s second.  We’ll arrive in the capital city of Accra, spend a little time, before we take a long drive down South, towards the Black Volta River (what is it with us and rivers?). More driving will take us to Wa, in the Upper West Regions of the country, overlooked by the monadnock Ombo Mountain. To break what will then be a 12 hour drive back to Accra, we’ll stop over in the large commercial metropolis of  Kumasi – also known as ‘The Garden City‘, due, apparently, to it’s rich and varied species of plants and flowers –  in a rain forest region, near Lake Bosumtwi. Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 9.42.10 AM It’s a busy itinerary – lots of driving between shoot locations – but we’re hoping we’ll have time to take in some of the above mentioned landmarks; even if it is just a fleeting glance from behind a windscreen!

Accra, Ghana – Image © Jason Florio

More Ghana photos coming soon! The Florios – Helen & Jason

The Florios - Image © Muhammed Sinera
Image © Muhammed Sinera

Off to work we go – photos for NGO, Concern Universal, #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa

Image © Jason Florio for Concern Universal – Tppiy Tap’


We’re looking forward to working with one of our favorite NGO’s, Concern Universal, again. Today, we’ll be shooting in Gunjur, Kartong and surrounding areas.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.40.08 AM Please do check out CU’s current campaign: ‘Ebola – Urgent Appeal

We’ll share new images from today’s photo assignment later!

Thank you!

The Florios – Jason & Helen

Image © Chris Bartlett, NYC


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