“Hello, my name is Alieu” – the Tippy Tap is in The (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa

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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.

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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

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All images © Jason Florio for Concern Universal. For more press and news, please click here

As ever, thanks for stopping by

The Florios – Helen & Jason

Image © Chris Bartlett Photoville, NYC, 2013

Slideshow: behind the scenes of the River Gambia Expedition -1044km source to sea African odyssey

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.

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Image © Jason Florio – gold miners in the River Gambia, Senegal


From the source of the of the river – in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, through the riverside goldmines of south west Senegal, on into The Republic of The Gambia itself, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean – we had an incredible journey, discovering the regions that we passed through; including dodging hippos and hair raising moto-taxi rides with stoned bikers! Welcome to behind the scenes of our River Gambia travels…

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We hope you enjoyed the ride. You may also like to check out our Floriotravels Youtube page, where you can see snippets of our journey in motion.

Updates coming soon on our pending travels, back down to West Africa

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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9/11 – Remembering

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Image © Jason Florio – 9/11, NYC

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…

All images © Jason Florio

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2012: Patricia Mack with Jason and the photograph he took of her on 9/11 outside Trinity Church, Broadway, NYC – Image by Neville Elder


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 dayJason Florio – See more on Vimeo: ‘Return to Ground Zero’ (currently in post-production).

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Vimeo: ‘Return to Ground Zero‘ – click here to view (image ©Jason Florio)


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To view then and now: ‘New York City 09.11.2001‘ & ‘9.11 Redux

In remembrance to all those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

Jason & Helen Florio

Photos Tell Stories – an anthology, Part 2 – photographs by Jason Florio

Jason Florio’s images – taken over a 15 year period – as part of a slideshow he was invited to present about his work at Athens Photo Festival, Greece, 2013 (APhf:15).

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All images © Jason Florio

Image# 22-23 – ‘Mogadishu-148 hours‘ Somalia,  2011

Image# 24-27 – ‘Makasutu‘ The Gambia, 1997-2008

Image# 28 – 32 – ‘Silafando‘ The Gambia, 2009

Image# 33 – 41 – ‘River Gambia‘ West Africa, 2012-13

Check out Part 1 of an anthology (images 1-21) here.

The stories behind Jason’s ‘Silafando‘ and ‘River Gambia‘ images can be found on our other blogs: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ 2009, and ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ 2012-13.

More news coming soon.

The Florios – Helen & Jason

A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush
Jason & Helen selfie! ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘ 2009