It’s great to see Jason’s images from our ‘Tippy Tap‘ assignment – we did a few months back here in The Gambia – for NGO, Concern Universal, up on their new website. For such a simple, affordable, invention the rewards of using the Tippy Tap are tenfold for the people we met… such as Wuday and Alieu.
‘Concern Universal taught Alieu and Wuday’s families about hygiene and handwashing. We taught them how to build a tippy tap and how to keep water safe to drink and use.
Since using a tippy tap, both families no longer get sick. Alieu and Wuday can go to school and their parents can work and look after their family, without needing to spend money on medicine. Alieu and Wuday, now have lots of energy to play! When their friends come to play, they tell them all about how the tippy tap stopped them getting sick. Now their friends want to start using one too!‘ Concern Universal
In early December, 2012 – mid-January, 2013, we followed the course of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – the River Gambia. Along the way, Jason documented the everyday life of those people who’s lives depend on the river.
Rewind to: 11th Sept 2001 – I remember being on the #52 bus on the way home, from Nottinghill Gate to Kensal Rise, in London,UK, when I received a phone call from a friend to tell me the staggering news of what was unfolding in New York City – the first tower had just gone down. Little did we know as we watched the news back to back well into the night – until a mutual friend told us the next day – that Jason had been down at the World Trade Center as the towers fell. Thankfully, he is still around to tell the story. His recounting of the hours he spent down there, and seeing his photos, still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Some years later…
… Jason and I walked out of our apartment building, off 6th Avenue, NYC, and retraced his route downtown… following the exact path he took, as he ran towards the World Trade Center (as most people were running away from it) on a truly tragic, seminal, day: September 11th, 2001.
Jason photographed, ‘9/11 Redux‘, the same locations that he had shot on ‘9/11/2001‘ – a confluence of two contrasting periods in time… yet, not altogether dissimilar…
June 2012: ‘Captain Patricia (Patty) Mack – pictured above – is a retired New York Courts Officer. In 2001, her being a first sponsor – along with her husband Tim – comes with special meaning. I photographed her on September 11th 2001, just a few minutes after she appeared from the rubble of the collapse of the World Trade Center’s south tower. We had not communicated since that life changing time, but we were recently re-acquainted when she kindly agreed to be in the documentary I have been working on with my colleague, Neville Elder about our experiences photographing that tragic day‘ Jason Florio – See more on Vimeo: ‘Return to Ground Zero’ (currently in post-production).