1. Jason Florio’s Gambian village chiefs (‘Alkalo’s) are still going strong - almost four years after we made ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - 930km African Odyssey’ expedition in 2009!

    'Silafando - a gift to you on behalf of my journey' is being exhibited, as from tomorrow (1/11) at the Athens Photo Festival - APf :13 

  2. 'Your Experience' Magazine - Matt Smith and the guys over at Gambia Experience/Serenity Holidays - have used one of my photo's, from our 930km walk, in their May 2012 edition of the magazine.

    Image © Helen Jones-Florio 2009

    Kunta Kinteh Island (formally, James Island), The Gambia, West Africa


  3. Random road shots: Almost the end of the journey - Helen Jones-Florio on The Barra-Banjul Ferry - across the River Gambia

    Image © Jason Florio - A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey

  4. Random roadshots: Jason Florio - Sunset & Baobab Trees, James Island, Juffereh, The Gambia, West Africa

    Image © Helen Jones-Florio 2009

  5. Random Road Shots:

    Gambian boy with feather in his hair

    Taken whilst on 'A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - 2009 - The Gambia, West Africa

    Image © Jason Florio

  6. Umbi Salla Tourey (the village chief’s mother) & Kanifana Tourey (the chief’s sister-in-law) - Balanghar Bental, The Gambia, West Africa

    From the award-winning series of portraits by Jason Florio

  7. One Life International Photography Awards, 2011 - Presented by PDN - Open now for entries
    Previous winners include: Jason Florio ‘People’ Category for his portraits of Gambian village chiefs, Alkalo’s, from ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey’


  8. Village chief’s - ‘Alkalo’s’ - Dadi Bah (Tubba Dabba) & Kenbugul Fye (Barra) - The Gambia, West Africa

    Award-winning images © Jason Florio

  9. Karantab, The Gambia, West Africa - 2009

    The ‘Short Walk in The Gambian Bush’- expedition team, machete’s in hand, cut through the bush to find Mungo Park’s, memorial; to pay homage to the intrepid 18th century Scottish explorer. We eventually stumbled upon the obelisk, deep inside the bush and find it in dire need of restoration - the jungle is taking over and, tragically, the memorial will be swallowed up forever.

    Image#1 Mungo Park’s Memorial Obelisk, Karantaba, The Gambia

    Image#2 Florio pay’s homage to his hero, Mungo Park

    Image © Helen Jones-Florio

    Mungo Park
    Mungo Park was a British explorer born in Selkirk, Scotland, in 1771 and died in 1806 at Busa, Nigeria.

    After serving as a surgeon with the East India Company, he was employed by the ‘Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior of Africa’ to explore the course of the Niger River. Traveling from the Gambia River, he reached the Niger at Segu and proceeded upstream to Bamako. On his return to England he published Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa. He was sent (1805) by the government to trace the Niger to its mouth, but at Bussa, Nigeria, he and his party all of them lost their lives.

    There is a memorial stone obelisk dedicated to Mungo Park located at Karantaba in the Sami District of the Central River Division.

    Source: http://www.ncac.gm/other.html


  10. Image © Jason Florio - Samba Sowe and Alkalo Jarre Sowe, Felling Koto, The Gambia, West Africa, 2009

    100 Portraits — 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive

    Curated by Larissa Leclair and Andy Adams

    'For the past five years I've been publishing FlakPhoto.com, a website that features contemporary photography from an international community of artists. Last fall, I teamed up with curator and Indie Photobook Library creator Larissa Leclair to produce a photo projection for the FotoWeek DC Festival of Photography, which showed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in November 2010. This spring, the screening is showing at the Head On Photography Festival in Sydney, Snap! Celebrate the Photograph in Orlando, and the New York Photo Festival…..’