Good question! We did what is now popularly known as ‘crowd-funding’ - not that we knew it at the time! Basically, we went out cap-in-hand and asked our friends, families, friends-of-friends etc. if they could donate anything at all - no matter how small an amount - towards helping us raise money for the expedition on-the-ground expenses and for the charity we wanted to raise money for. However, Florio came up with a great idea to offer exclusive limited edition expedition prints for donations. We worked on a sliding scale - i.e. the more one donated, the bigger the print they would get at the end of the expedition! This proved to be a great incentive for people to donate - in that they would receive something tangible for their donations. Also, they would be getting one of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints at a greatly reduced one-time-only price! Here is the link for the more indepth posting on how we raised funds.
Thanks for your question, Mike, and for the endorsement :) Jones & Florio
I met Jason and Helen for the first time this year. I feel like I’ve known them forever. It’s amazing when this happens. The projects they run, the art they produce and the all round good feelings that surround them are a great thing.
I was wondering where you got the idea to photograph the village chiefs (I saw the PDN Aug edition of your gorgeous color portraits) in front of the black cloth? it makes the images look almost painterly......beautiful. well done on the International Photog' Awards too by the way!
Thank you on behalf of Jason Florio - he took the beautiful portraits.
With regards to the black background, he has been using this for over 12 years when taking photo’s of Gambian chiefs and elders and for his book ‘Makasutu-mecca in the forest’ (B&W large format portraits of people who live and work around a sacred forest). His inspiration was Mike Disfarmer - please see attached for a copy of PDN’s August issue re this.
6 weeks/42 days walking and 6 months pre-production! :)
Also, if you continue to check in, we are transferring the old blog over to Tumblr, little by little, and the expedition will unfold with all the details about the journey - including more images from both of us and road stories galore!
Please stop by when you can you can to get the updates