A new series of photographs from Jason Florio: ‘River Gambia Expedition -1000km source-sea African odyssey’


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A watchman relaxes on a floating jetty near the small Gambian village of Bonto. Bonto became infamous in 2009 when a two tonne cocaine stash, with a street value of $1bn, was discovered in a riverside warehouse a few hundred meters from the jetty. The street value of the haul far exceeded Gambia’s $782 million annual GDP in 2009. © Jason Florio

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Young boys pose for a portrait on the banks of River Gambia in Senegal. They said they had painted their faces like skulls for their own amusement. © Jason Florio

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Gold mining along the River Gambia as it flows through Southern Senegal draws economic migrants from all over West Africa. The gold bearing sand is filtered and then mixed with mercury to draw the gold out. © Jason Florio

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A migrant worker from Guinea poses with his shovel he uses to excavate sand from the River Gambia in Senegal. The sand will be washed and mixed with mercury to extract gold. © Jason Florio

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Migrant gold miner and his son, on the banks of the River Gambia, Senegal. © Jason Florio

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A Senegalese gold miner appears from the small shaft from where he is extracting gold bearing rocks. His two partners help haul the loaded bucket up to the surface.Mines shafts often collapse and many people are killed each year in their pursuit. © Jason Florio

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A gold mine worker relaxes after a shift at an artisanal mine in Senegal on the banks of the River Gambia. © Jason Florio

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A group of young boys pose for a portrait at an abandoned French owned hunting camp on the banks of River Gambia at the village of Kemoto, The Gambia. © Jason Florio

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Hawa Jallow a member of the Santa Yalla kaffo; a collective of ladies who work together to harvest rice near the River Gambia at Kaur. After cutting the rice she holds her knife in her mouth and uses her head and hands to carry the rice. © Jason Florio

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The son of Bakary Dabo, the Alkalo (village chief) of Diagabu Tenda, The Gambia wearing a ‘fur’ coat on a cool morning. © Jason Florio

To see more of Florio’s sublime images from our River Gambia Expedition, please visit his website: floriophoto.com

Thanks, as always, for stopping by

The Florios (H & Flo)

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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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