Photographer, Jason Florio: Imam’s wife and granddaughter – Hore Dimma, Fouta Djallon Highlands, Guinea-Conakry

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The Imam’s wife and granddaughter – Hore Dimma village, Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea © Jason Florio

Random photo of the day: early on in our journey, the River Gambia Expedition , we had traveled on local transport for 23 bone-juddering hours from Kedougou, Senegal, over the rockiest of roads to the village of Horé Dimma, to pay homage to the source of the River Gambia – the true beginning of a journey which would take us, by road and river, over 1100km’s through the Fouta Djallon Highlands, into Senegal, and then on to The Republic of The Gambia, to the Atlantic Ocean.

Florio had just finished photographing one of the village imam’s – Horé Dimma is a sprawling place with more than one mosque  – when we noticed his wife sitting nearby, quietly watching us, in her pristine wrap. And, there, next to her, is who we believe to be her granddaughter who, in complete contrast, looked as if she had quite likely been running around with her friends in the surrounding dusty hills of the Fouta Djallon.

More river stories and images to come very shortly

The Florio’s – H & Flo

If you would like to view more from Jason Florio’s latest body of work, ‘River Gambia’, please visit his website floriophoto.com

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‘Boy in Fur Coat’ The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Today’s shout out goes to NUUN, UK – ‘You’re Always Active, Your Water Should Be Too’

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NUUN – The River Gambia, Sila Kounda, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

March 26, 2013 – Today’s shout out goes to NUUN, UK – ‘You’re Always Active, Your Water Should Be Too’

‘Nuun is leading the way in portable hydration with three drink options to keep you refreshed all day, everyday. All three are ideal to help keep you hydrated and to make the most of the water you drink’ – Nuun

BIG thanks to Sarah, Ella and all at Nuun for the hydration tablets and water bottles, for the River Gambia Expedition. They supplied us with three tasty flovours: tri-berry (my favourite), lemon & lime and lime tea, which helped to keep us hydrated throughout our journey – whether we’re trekking in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea or canoeing down the River Gambia in Senegal and The Gambia.

Thanks for your support, NUUN!

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More ‘shout outs’ to come, for everyone who backed us with product

 

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Photographer, Jason Florio, at work – the gold mines of Senegal, West Africa

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Woman breast-feeding her baby, gold miners at work, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Photographer, Jason Florio, at work – Gold mines, Senegal. West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

Thursday 20th December, 2013 – Paddling distance: 11.4km (total to-date: 83.65km) – River Gambia Expedition 

A relatively short day on the River Gambia today, as we wanted to visit another gold mine, in Senegal. This stretch of the river is dotted with artisanal gold mines – which draw thousands of migrant workers from all over West Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Mali and, including Senegal itself. All of them hoping to make their fortune. Whole families live in and around the mines. All the mines we visited were understandably dusty but this one in particular had an extremely fine, pink-hued, dust which got absolutely everywhere.  Even our tents, situated by the river – over 2 miles away from the mine itself – were covered in a fine film of the pale pink talc-like dust. But, at least we could pack up our tents and leave the next day. Many of those people whose lives revolve around the gold mines are inhaling toxic fumes from the mercury – used to separate the gold from the rock dust. The mercury that isn’t inhaled, settles into environment – i.e. the pink dust that coats everything and everybody, at this mine.

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Florio helps the gold miner load his bicycle, Senegal, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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H: “There’s gold in this here rock – apparently!” Gold mines, Senegal © Jason Florio

We met the Senegalese version of a Tolleh Kaafo (‘silly person’). Most villages in The Gambia will have such a group, or person in this case, and their purpose is to lighten up situations – laughing and joking around, when things get too serious. This guy was a real character, who seemed to have everything but an attayah teapot in his pockets!

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Kids playing in the dust, gold mines, Senegal, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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Ebou, Abdou and Yousef, relax after a long days paddle, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Dawn – Ebou & Yousef go fishing, River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

More river stories to come…next stop Mako – with a couple of hippo encounters on the way.

As always, thanks for stopping by

The Florios – H & Flo

To view Jason Florio latest series of images – River Gambia – please visit floriophoto.com

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More personal ‘thank you’ banners to our donors – River Gambia Expedition

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Michael Mut/ Love Yourself Project, NYC – Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

So many of your made this expedition possible – with your participation in ‘An Exchange’ and the Kickstarter campaign – in exchange for donations we offered Jason Floiro’s limited edition fine photography art prints, taken whilst on the River Gambia Expedition . For that, we were immensely humbled by your support and unprecedented generosity.

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Teru Kuwayana, NY, USA – Bonto, River Gambia, The Gambia

Before we first sent out our fundraising emails we tried to think of a unique way of saying thank you to everyone who chipped in. The above is what we came up with. And, along the way, we had fun doing this…so many people we met on the journey, who participated when we explained, loved the idea of it – and/or loved the camera! Either way, it worked out really well.

Please see our ‘big thanks page’ for more banners.

BIG Thanks!

The Florios – H & Flo x

To see Jason Florio series of images from the River Gambia, please check out his website: www.floriophoto.com

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Jason Florio & Ebou’s random meeting in the gold mines of Senegal

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Florio and Ebou with a Gambian gold miner (middle), Senegal, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

On our travels through the gold mines of Senegal, out of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who travel from all over West Africa to the region, we bumped into this guy from The Gambia – our team mate, Ebou’s, home country. Here he is, taking us to meet his fellow Gambians, who had migrated to the area in the hope of making their fortune.

More photos and stories from the River Gambia Expedition coming soon.

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Photographer, Jason Florio, ‘Silafando’ NY exhibition: award-winning portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders

Rush Arts flierA solo exhibit of Jason Florio’s award-winning portraits of Gambian village chiefs (‘alkalo’s) and elders,  taken whilst on our 2009 expedition – A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush-930km African odyssey– starts this Saturday, March 23, 2013. Venue: Rush Arts/Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

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Gold mining village, Senegal, West Africa

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Arrival at another camp site for the night, River Gambia © Jason Florio

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First things first ‘get the (kelly) kettle on Florio!’ © Helen Jones-Florio

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West Africans like their tea too: Attayah tea in the pot, gold mines, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Chicken for dinner? Gold mining village, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Girls stop and chat. Gold mining village, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Gold miner takes a rest (clutching his nugget in his right hand), Senegal © Jason Florio

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Gold miner and family,  Senegal © Jason Florio

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Coffee break – Senegalese style, gold mining village, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Gold miner shows off his rock, with specks of gold embedded in it,  Senegal © Jason Florio

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Another gold miner with his rock, embedded with gold, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Helen makes friends with the gold miner,Senegal © Jason Florio

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Washing the crushed rock granules, looking for gold,  Senegal © Jason Florio

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Next morning – getting ready to head out to the gold mines for the day,  Senegal © Jason Florio

To see more of Jason Florio’s new series of images from the River Gambia Expedition, please visit his website: floriophoto.com

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