‘Invest in an expedition, art and travel journalism’ by Fiona Cullinan


‘People like that can be bloody annoying – if they’re not making you green with envy, they’re killing your own stories with their oneupmanship. But it’s fair to say that everyone on that Gambia trip hung on Flo’s tales of adventure.

Five years on and with media budgets slashed, Flo’s freelance travel journalism has, like mine, become increasingly inviable.

But you can’t stop someone with a passion. And, as good reportage costs money, Jason is fundraising for his next expedition in his beloved Gambia by selling fine art prints which he will create along the journey.’ Fiona Cullinan – please check out the rest of her article on her blog ‘Tourist vs Traveller’

It with great thanks to travel writer and journalist, Fiona Cullinan, for not only getting involved in ‘An Exchange’ but also for her blog post on how we are endeavouring to raise funds, in exchange for Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints, for our River Gambia Expedition 2012. She can, especially as a journalist, empathise with how difficult it can be to raise funds for documentary projects.

You can check Florio – our very own multi award-winning photographer and expedition co-leader – out as he talks about what River Gambia Expedition 2012 is all about and how you can get involved – i.e. acquire one of his limited edition fine art photography prints which he will take whilst on the journey (also, check out the ‘Print Draw’ deadline 31st August – you could win a Florio print for as little as $25/£16!!):

To view the fine art photography we had on offer to donors in our 2009 ‘Exchange’ – for our ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ expedition – please check this link: ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’

We hope you too will jump on board!

Thanks again to Fiona. And, thank you all, as always, for taking an interest in the blog and the River Gambia Expedition 2012

The Florios (Helen & Jason ‘Flo’ )

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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