Meet the River Gambia Expedition Team

 

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Jason Florio, FRGS (Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, London) – Expedition co-leader and multi award-winning photojournalist. Jason co-led, with Helen Jones-Florio, the 2009 ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ West African expedition. He works around the globe, from Afghanistan to Suriname, focusing on under reported stories on people living on the margins of society and in places of conflict around the world floriophoto.com . He photographs and writes for publications including: New York Times, Newsweek, The Independent on Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review, Men’s Journal, GQ, Backpacker, Afar, Outside.

Watch Florio on Vimeo as he explains about the River Gambia Expedition. Also, Florio on Real Exposures – B&H Photo, NYC – talks about his career as a photojournalist

Jason’s photography has been solo exhibited, won numerous international awards, and has been acquired by a number of museums – including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, Haggerty Museum, MI, and The Photography Museum of Art, Huai’an, China.

He has travelled yearly to The Gambia, since 1997, to work on a long-term project about the people who live and work around the sacred forest of ‘Makasutu’ in The Gambia – the resulting book  of this work can be viewed here : Blurb Books

 

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Helen Jones-Florio – Expedition co-leader, photography producer and expedition blogger and social networker. Helen has been traveling to West Africa for over 15 years. She co-led, with Jason, their 2009 expedition in The Gambia. She has produced assignments in West Africa, DR Congo, Kenya, USA, Mexico, and UK. She recently finished a book about the 2009 expedition, based around the blog and her personal journal entries: A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ . She is currently working on the book about the upcoming expedition. Helen is also a fully trained massage therapist and nutrition advisor.

Published work includes – writing and photography – for: Adventure Travel Magazine (UK), ‘Wings’ (Arik Airlines in-flight magazine), Travel Africa Magazine (UK), Resource Magazine (USA), Amazing Travel Stories (USA), Gambia Experience Magazine (UK), Stellazine (USA), African World Heritage Annual Report.

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Robert Young Pelton – Expedition Advisor. Award-winning author, (‘The Worlds Most Dangerous Places’, ‘Come Back Alive’, Licensed to Kill – Hired Guns and the War on Terror’) film-maker, journalist, adventurer and geopolitical pundit. He has made numerous expeditions and covered most of the world’s conflicts for the past 20 years. Founder of DPx Gear – ‘equipment for hostile and deadly environments’  and Somalia Report.com

Abdou 'you talkin' to me?' Ndong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abdou Ndong – Team member, skilled River Gambia boatman. Abdou speaks a number of the local West African languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka and Serer – some of the languages the team will encounter. Abdou has worked with Jason as his local guide and liaison for the past 14 years in The Gambia, while he photographed for his book – ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest’

 

Ebou 'do I look good in this colour?' Jarju

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibu Jarju – The youngest team member, translator and skilled River Gambia boatman. Ebou has worked with Abdou for many years, fishing the waters of the River Gambia. Ebou speaks a number of the local West Africa languages, such as Wolof, Mandinka and Serer.

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21st January 2013-Mission accomplished! Denton Bridge, The Gambia, West Africa. L-R: Helen. Ebou, Abdou and Florio – River Gambia Expedition team

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37 Responses to Meet the River Gambia Expedition Team

  1. Ted Sonnier says:

    Be Safe Florios’….I will be watching you from Texas.

  2. Nativegrl77 says:

    Wow … thank you for even taking the time – the avaaz.org article was amazing – looking forward to following this Expedition2012 –

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  13. Pingback: We’ve got the ‘Kickstarter’ ball rolling! The River Gambia is getting nearer. 21 days to go! |

  14. Pingback: Our River Gambia Expedition leaving date is set! Thanks to The Gambia Experience for their support |

  15. Pingback: DPx Knives offer – from adventurer and author, Robert Young Pelton…first come, first served! |

  16. Pingback: Two DPx Gear knives have been pledged for, to our Kickstarter campaign!! We have 1 ‘DPx HEST Original left! |

  17. Pingback: Update 2nd Oct: 76% funded on Kickstarter for The River Gambia Expedition! |

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  20. Pingback: We made our Kickstarter target – 7 days early! MEGA thanks to you all! 15th Oct deadline – still time to pledge for Jason Florio’s fine art prints! |

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  23. Pingback: A quick shout out, from The Gambia, West Africa, to our River Gambia Expedition product sponsors. |

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  29. Pingback: Update: The long and winding road…Kedougou, Senegal-Guinea-Conarkry-and back again |

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