1. Gambian village chief’s brother, Samba Sowe - a farmer from the small village of Felling Koto, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio, 2009, from his award-winning series of portraits of Gambian chiefs and elders.

    Taken whilst on ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey’

  2. 'On the road stories and images' Food, food and more food - Gambian style.

    We were fortunate enough to be walking around The Gambia during the harvest season so food was pretty abundant. Our daily staple diet, however, seemed to consist of consuming a lot of tapalapa, which is akin to a french baguette but much denser and heavier (leave it to go dry enough, and with a well-aimed over-arm throw, we probably could have taken out one of the many Red Colobus monkeys we encountered along the way! If we were that way inclined of course!!). But, the bread served as a great source of instant energy when we needed a boost on the road - and, if we were lucky enough to come across a street vendor, we could buy it stuffed with locally made sauce of fried chili, onions, tomatoes, spices and black beans ‘niebbe’. Failing that, tinned sardines, mayonnaise or chocolate spread (a particular favourite of our Gambian team mates!) would suffice.

    And, if we were especially lucky to find it, a steaming mug of instant coffee, mixed with syrupy sweetened condensed milk! *A rare treat indeed!

    Images by: Jason Florio, 2009 - taken whilst on ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey’

    *coffee made this way is found much more in the Senegal border regions of The Gambia. Coffee drinking is prevalent among the Senegalese. And its not just the drinking but  the ritual of making the coffee the way that they do. This ritual is not dissimilar to how the Gambians make their ‘attaya’ Chinese Gunpowder green tea - pouring the mixture from glass to glass until just so (along with copious amounts of white sugar!).


  3. Gambia Experience Travel Agents - Quarterly Magazine ‘Your Experience’ January 2011- featuring ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - 930km African odyssey’ words and award-winning images by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio


  4. FOTOFusion, West Palm Beach, Florida - Thursday 13th January 2011

    Seminar 125 - 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    A 930km African Photography Odyssey: Don’t Wait For An Editor To Call - Create Your Own Assignment With Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio
    In 2009, NYC based, British photojournalist Jason Florio and his wife, Helen Jones-Florio made the first circumnavigation of The Gambia, West Africa by foot (a nearly 600 mile journey) to create a series of now award winning portraits of African village chiefs and elders who hosted them on the expedition.  They will take you through creating your own assignment, planning and organizing for such photography based adventure, fundraising and execution of the work in difficult environments - accompanied by reportage and portraits from their odyssey.


  5. Jason Florio’s sublime fine art photography prints, colour and black & white collections, from West Africa, Cuba, India, Burma, Cambodia etc are available now from the website.

    Alkalo Mesanneh Cham, Chamen Sosseh, The Gambia, West Africa

    From the Black & White Collection, one of my particular favourites, ‘Abdou Ndong and Croc’. Abdou is a fisherman is one of Florio’s oldest friends in The Gambia. We often wake in the mornings, when we are staying at our friends place on the Mandian Balong (river) Makasutu Culture Forest ( http://www.makasutu.com/), to find a gift of freshly caught fish from Abdou. 'Abdou Ndong & Croc'

    To view the collections, please go to http://www.floriophoto.com/#/fine%20art%20print%20sales/black%20+%20white%20collection/1 and then to the Fine Art Print Sales gallery, where you will find black and white and colour galleries.

    Print Sizes:
    Unlimited Editions
    8 1/2  x 11″
    Limited Editions of 25
    16 x 20″
    24 x 36″
    30 x 45″
    40 x 50″

    For print sale price list and inquiries, please contact helen.jones@floriophoto.com