1. Archive: Amazing Travel Stories.com - choose Helen’s piece about our 930km walk around The Gambia, West Africa, to feature on their site.

    Images by Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

    See Florio’s award-winning portraits of village chiefs - ‘Alkalo’s’:



  2. Music by: Guelewar Band of Banjul - ‘Wollou’ The Gambia, West Africa (Images from: A 930km African Odyssey - Helen Jones & Jason Florio) - compiled by Nicki Vour

    We received a request from Nicki Vour to ask if we minded if she could make the slideshow she had put together for You Tube live, using our images from the expedition in The Gambia last year. We were delighted! She has done a really good job and the music compliment the images so well. Its also a GREAT track! Take a look and listen…


  3. Image: Florio-2009 Mr Bah & his family, in their traditional dress,  for the Muslim celebration, Tobaski. The village of Tuba Dabbo, The Gambia, West Africa

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

  4. Images:#1,2,3,4,6 Florio  #5 Jones

    Blog Entry: November 25th, 2009

    'A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km african odyssey' expedition team reach the Gambian village of Chamois Bunda. It was a particularly hot day and we asked the chief if there was a big shady tree anywhere in the village that we could pitch our tents under. However, there didn't seem to be one big enough so he suggested that we camp under their brand new shelter, where the locals waited for transport, on the outskirts of the village. It was the perfect setting, despite the occasional articulated truck rattling by!

    Distance walked to-date: 499km

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    Please join us at Splashlight Studios from 7-10pm,
    Soho One Hudson Square75 Varick Street NY, NY 10013
    Saturday 23rd October 2010

    Featuring Jason Florio’s sublime colour portraits of Gambian Village Chiefs and Elders ‘Silafando - a gift to you on behalf of my journey’ IPA ‘People Photographer of The Year, 2010’ winner.

  6. Image: Florio-2009 Breakfast on the move, in The Gambia, West Africa

    14th November 2009

    Jones buys tapalapa (local bread) and a delicious traditional bean dish (called nyombeh nyebbeh) for the team from a vendor on the side of the road - ‘mon abatya-tah’ (its very good)!

    Local village women get up during the early hours of the morning to cook the beans with spices, cassava, onions and palm oil, cooked traditionally over a 3-stone fire. The dish is then transferred to a large metal family bowl, covered with a cloth, balanced on their heads and they set out to the nearest main road from their village.

    Often they will take their young daughters with them to help. They find their regular spot on the side of the road (normally in the shade of a big tree as they sun comes up early and it can be in the 90’s by 9am!), sitting among other local women often selling exactly the same food, and wait for locals on their way to work and the tanka’s tanka’s (local mini-bus-like taxis) that come through the villages.

    As we can’t always get this dish - our breakfast usually consists of tapalapa and sardines and if we can’t get sardines, then mayonnaise or chocolate spread (more for the Gambian team members palate than myself or Florio’s). So, to come across the tasty nyombeh nyebbeh is a treat indeed. Hence the beam on my face in this photograph!!

    And the cost of buying 5 of these tasty sandwiches? 1.25Dalassi (1.73GBP/$2.75USD approx) and that feeds and fills the whole team until lunch time!

  7. Images: Florio-2009 The Gambia, West Africa

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

  8. Jason Florio’s award-winning colour portraits of village chiefs International Photography Awards - ‘People Photographer of The Year 2010’


    Image: Landing Jammeh (with his ever-present cigarette) - Alkalo of Khalaji village, The Gambia, West Africa.

    Who would guessed that a few minutes before this portrait was taken, the chief was furiously sweeping away leaves so that our expedition team would have a more even ground to pitch our camp or that he had just come back from herding his cattle into the pasture, where we were camping? Such a calm and serene look on his face in this photograph. And, such a a hospitable family he had. They made us feel extremely welcome.

    Taken from the ‘930km African Odyssey’ series http://www.floriophoto.com/#/projects/930km%20african%20odyssey/2