BIG Love, Respect and Thanks for the Support and Messages – to everyone who has jumped on board ‘An Exchange’ – for fine art prints

The River Gambia 2012 – Rolling Blog of Thanks

You are all making this expedition possible with your donations and, for that, we are immensely humbled by your support and unprecedented generosity.

We’re very happy that you are on-board with us and we look forward to sharing the journey, via the blog, on the build up to the River Gambia Expedition 2012 proper – i.e. when we actually get the paddles into the river – and onwards. Your support will help us to be able to document – through multiple medias: visual/written/audio –  the lives of the indigenous people who live and work on the course of one of Africa’s last big, free-flowing, rivers; over 1000km’s – from  the source of the river, where it trickles out of the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea, on into hippo-abundant Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal, and finally into The Republic of the Gambia and the Atlantic Ocean – the rivers end.

You can watch, and learn, as Jason Florio explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012:

Limited edition 2012 expedition prints – coming to all those who have donated $100/£65 and over (once we return from the river). And, we could be holding up a banner, with your name/website on it, on this very island, below,  in The Gambia, West Africa, soon!

Find out why we are doing this: ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’ and how to donate ‘An Exchange: donations for fine art prints from the ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012’ by award-winning photographer, Jason Florio

Love, Respect & BIG, HUGE Thanks!

The Florios (Jason & Helen) x

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

Patty & Tim Mack – New Orleans (Captain Patricia Mack – a 9/11 hero. Please click on her name to find out how Florio photographed her during the madness of that fateful day)

Robert ‘Rob’ Jones – Fort Myers, Florida, USA Robert ‘Rob’ Jones – Fort Myers, Florida, USA “Here’s a little help…I will be following your adventure. Be safe doing the good work. Your friend, Bob”

The Cohen’sYaffa, Nachem et al – our Greenwich Village ‘family’, NYC & Israel

Ted SonnierHouston, Texas, USA

Ryan HeffernanPhotographer – Santa Fe & San Francisco, USA “It looks like an incredible journey. Hope it all falls into place.”

Ellen Hunter Mai – Somalia Report – Orange County, California, USA “I’m so excited for you both and quite proud! I wish all the best for a safe and productive expedition”

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Monica Pozzi – global – photography “Following you on all channels and very jealous of your expedition despite the mosquitos. 24 bites simultaneously my record. Take me with you and you won’t get bitten! They always love me wherever I go!”

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Christy NielsenWashington State, USA – 4th Wall Relief, Burma

Thelma & Sandy Youngson, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

David Willems Photographer – New York, USA. “Thanks for the inspiring promise of the expedition’s results; can’t wait to see the photos! I wish I could be there and hopefully I’ll be brave enough to make such an endeavor myself one day”

Gabriella NissenPhotographer – Houston, Texas, USA. “You are welcome for the donation. I hope you both have a successful expedition”

Krista Dills – Atlanta, Georgia, USA “Good luck you two! Be Safe! Can’t wait to read the stories and see the pictures.”

Josh Dick – Photographer–  Brooklyn, NY, USA“Good luck guys. Safe travels and enjoy. I look forward to following your progress and seeing the work.”

Michael Mut & The LOVE YOURSELF Project – Brooklyn, NYC, USA

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Suzy PetersHampstead Village, London, UK. “Can I come?!”

Amanda Hewitt Woolacombe, N Devon, UK

Karen Russo & CocoGreenwich Village, NYC, USA. “Best wishes on your journey! Can’t wait to see your photographs and read your writing!”

Julie Grahame – aCurator Brooklyn, NY, USA. “You guys rock!”


Thomas Donley  – Photographer – New York, NY, USA. “I wish you and your entire team, very well. Here’s to great adventures!!! I look forward to the updates…Enjoy! Enjoy Enjoy!”

Elizabeth FroemkeNew York, NY, USA ” I’m so excited about the expedition!  Such an awesome idea.  Will be checking in regularly and wish you both the most wonderful trip!”

Claire & Glenn PottQueensland, AustraliaSounds like you will be having an amazing journey. We look forward to reading all your updates (before, during and after!). Good luck Jason and Helen. Sending lots of Aussie love and well wishes!”

David and Lucie Coke (and Mnr Albert!) – Sloatsburg, NY, USA “To get you on your way you hairy bikers!”

Doris Perez Torres – USA

Rosalind Harris & Stella’s School Sponsorship Scheme– Cheltenham, Gloucester, UK/The Gambia – ‘Best of luck for your amazing adventure!

Jonathan Fine,Freed Pictures, & Diane Blain Fine Photography – New York, USA & The Gambia, West Africa‘Good luck on the incredible journey’

Kristen Wendt – New York, NY, USA ‘Your expeditions are so inspiring and I so enjoy hearing your stories…safe travels to you both. I can’t wait to read more as you guys begin your trip!’

Sari Goodfriend – Photographer – New York, NY, USA

Maggie Soladay -Photographer New York, NY, USA ‘I was thinking.. whats stopping me. I own too many shoes and no Florios. So done. Can’t wait to see what you two come back with. Sounds so wonderful, and tough, and mysterious, and important. Sincerely Maggie’ + check out Salaam Garage Local

Dimiter Kenarov – Photographer – Istanbul, Turkey ‘Good luck!’

Peter FahrniForward Thinking MuseumNYC, USA

David CicconeTrunk MagazineNYC, USA

Grant CliffordBookMeQuick.comLondon, UK

Jane Coxwell – Chef & Author – New York, USA

Richard Glynn © ‘Wideyed’ – Photography collective – Darlington, UK, Good luck with the rest of the fundraising! A small donation from a fellow photographer”

Devin Friedman & Danielle Pergament – Jounalists – Brooklyn, NY, USA

Ross Morganstein – New York, USA – Good luck guys!

Fiona Cullinan – Journalist – Birmingham, UK“Sounds like a wonderful expedition! Great to see you making it happen, despite the collapse in media budgets! Looking forward to seeing the reports and your new fine art photography collection (from the expedition)”

Imke Oster & Benick Oster – New York, USA – ‘So excited about your trip and experience – I will be sitting in my office vicariously living through you – be careful!’

Linda Levit – New York, USA

Oskar LandiPhotographer – Brooklyn, NY, USA

Michel Delsol – Photographer – NYC, USA – ‘Bon Voyage! Wishing you all the best on your adventures’

Andy NeedhamUNHCRNairobi, Kenya, East Africa.Hi Jason, Helen, stay clear of the crocs! Keep away from things with sharp teeth! All the best, Andy’

Rabart – Bath, UK

Penelope Hartnell – New York, NY, USA

Giorgio Sgobbi – Rome, Italy 

Noreen MeehanCrystal Palace, London, UK

Austyn StevensNew York, NY, USA

Matthew Fishbane – Journalist –New York, NY, USA‘Goodspeed, kids! Now get out there and kick some butt!’

Raymond Jarrell – DJ –  New York, NY, USA

Karl and Janna LeBlanc – Rockledge, Florida, USA

Jean-Philippe Minart – Film Maker – (Jawa) – Paris, France  ‘We did not took the pirogue (through Niokolo Koba) and made our trip by the road.  So bring back the images ! I’m dying to see them ! appreciated’

Susan Levin – Art Director/Producer & Bruce Levin – Photography Management Agency – New York City, NY, USA‘We’ll be following you every step of the way!
All our love. Be safe, enjoy, and holler if you want company!

Stéphanie Carron – Documentary Producer – Paris, France

George and AnnaLee Pauls – Photoduplication Coordinator, Rare Books and Special Collections Princeton University – New Jersey, USA ‘Dear Jason and Helen, This is exciting! I hope that the Mungo Park map from Princeton might get to play some role in your expedition. I wish you the best of luck on the journey and look forward to following your progress!

Annie & Ken Godin – Montreal, Canada – ‘Hi guys! Ken and Annie from Montreal (friends of David and Lucie… 🙂 ) wish you both all the best on this amazing journey. We are looking forward to seeing all these fabulous (we are sure they will be) photographs! Hope we can catch a drink at the Ear Inn next time we’re in NY! 🙂 Bon voyage! Annie and Ken XXX’

Scott Overholser – Photographer – New York, NY, USA

Robert Goldstein – Photographer – Camden, London, UK‘All The Best’-Robert

Teru Kuwayama – Photographer – New York City, NY, USA

Keith Devisser and Partners – Accountants – New York City, NY, USA

Michael Mallinson – Toronto, Canada

P.S. We’ll be updating this as and when. Please let us have any links – i.e. to websites, blogs, FB, Twitter – that you wish to link you name with.


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) (under 'Projects') 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
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