Documenting a past regime – ex-MILE II prisoners, The Gambia, West Africa

Photojournalist, Jason Florio, prepares to interview ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ballo, The Gambia, West Africa
Photojournalist, Jason Florio, prepares to interview ex-Mile II prisoner, Ballo – beaten, tortured, kept in solitary confinement – The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio
‘for 2 years I did not see daylight…’
Portrait of ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ballo - The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio
Portrait of ex-Mile II prisoner, Ballo -beaten, tortured, kept in solitary confinement – The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Interviewing ex-Mile2 prisoner, Ngoi Njie, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio
Interviewing ex-Mile II political prisoner, Ngoi Njie -beaten, tortured, and witnessed the torturing to death of her friend and fellow activist, Solo Sandeng –  The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio

 

Ngoi Njie - ex-Mile2 political prisoner, who was beaten and tourtured, The Gambia © Jason Florio
Portrait of ex-Mile II political prisoner, Ngoi Njie -beaten, tortured, and witnessed the torturing to death of her friend fellow activist, Solo Sandeng –  The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

 

We’ll be posting more about our interviews with the ex-Mile II prisoners, in the coming weeks.

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Selling Photography Prints Online – PDN / Helen Jones-Florio

PDN - Abdou with Rescued Crocodile © Jason Florio/HJF Gallery
          PDN – ‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ © Jason Florio/HJF Gallery
If people were already buying his (Jason Florio’s) work, without any proper promotion, then there had to be more people out there who would like to see and buy his work—it just needed a little marketing
– Helen Jones-Florio/PDN

 

Check out the Helen Jones-Florio Gallery blog for an interview with Photo District News editor, Holly S. Hughes, about selling fine art photography prints online, without a physical gallery space.

PDN COVER2 AUG 2016
PDN COVER, Aug 2016 – Instagram/@hjf_gallery

Carpe Diem – life is quite frankly too bloody short!

Kids on Jinack Island
A moment in time – happy girls, Jinack Island, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Life is full of surprises… sadly, not all of them good. Before you know what’s happening, without any warning, a curveball the size of a Hereford Bull hits you – WHUMPH! – and literally knocks you flat on your back and suddenly, holy cow, you can’t get up again! Which is exactly what has recently happened to very close family members (not by a big cow, mind you, but most definitely by a humongous curveball). Not surprisingly – and perhaps a touch self-serving – one begins to question one’s own mortality, how quickly time is racing ahead, and how much more there is to do in this lifetime.

The trouble is you think you have time”  Buddha

OR:

“Seize the day, bugger the ruminating, this life is quite frankly too bloody short!” Yours Truly

Sending positive energy and support to those I love dearly, who are going through what is the toughest challenge of their lives… and, without a doubt, more testing times are ahead for them.

HJF

 

Machete Boy, traditional masquerades, The Gambia, West Africa

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Masquerades – The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

 

The three boys turned up with a couple of rice sacks, a bunch of leafy branches, and what looked like a few scraps of bright red fabric. Within half an hour, they were transformed into Kankurangs, and  fully in character – jiggling branches, menacingly clashing machetes together… ‘ Read more here

 

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