Press: Interview with Matt Smith for ‘The Gambia Blog – sharing over 25 years of experience in The Gambia’


The Gambia Blog sharing over 25 years of experience in The Gambia’ – Matt Smith’s interview with us, about the ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’

The Gambia Blog (TGB): What role will photography play on this trip – will Jason be using the same methods that produced such fantastic images on the last walk?

Jason: A big reason for the journey is to share what we find on the way, so photography will be an essential tool in telling the stories of the people and cultures we meet along the river. The black cloth I used for the background of portraits on the last expedition may make another appearance – although the cloth is over 60 years old (it was my grandmother’s black out curtain during WWII in London) it’s getting a little fragile!

TGB: And lastly, what do you intend to do about all those hippos?!

Helen: ‘Slap the canoe paddles – as rapidly and as hard as possible – on the surface of the water, whenever we you see a hippo fully submerging!’ paraphrasing Richard Grant, adventurer and author of ‘Crazy River’, who I went to hear his reading of said book in New York a couple of months back. Apparently, the vibrations scare them away. Who knew. I keep (half) joking with Florio “can’t we just attach mechanical paddles to the canoes which, at the flick of a switch, beat the bloody water hard and fast?!! Either that, or have an outboard engine attached for a quick smart getaway!”

Please click on the link to read the entire interview

Thanks to Matt Smith, for his always great questions, and The Gambia Experience (one of our sponsors for the ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012-1000km source to sea Africa odyssey‘).

The Florios (Flo & H)

About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) www.floriophoto.com (under 'Projects') http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km https://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com
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