The 2009 Expedition: A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush – a 930km African Odyssey

A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey

A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey

In 2009, Jason Florio and Helen Jones made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia, West Africa – 700miles (930km) – on foot.

Jason portraits of village chiefs (Alkalo’s) and elders, which he took whilst they were on the walk, went on to become an award-winning body of work – ‘Silafando’ a Mandinka word which translates as: ‘a gift to you on behalf of my journey‘ – which have garnered press reviews and awards (and still continues to,three years on-check out ‘Meet the Press & Awards 2012-13’), the work has been exhibited, acquired by museums and private collectors. Please check out ‘Previous Press-2009’ below for more information

Please visit his website for the whole series of images –

2009 ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’ expedition team
L-R: Neil, (donkey#1), Samba, Momadou (on cart), Helen, (Jason) Florio, (p)Hadley (donkey#2), Janneh – Post 930km walk – Makasutu Culture Forest, The Gambia, West Africa

Previous Press 2009 + Awards, Exhibitions, Presentations…

‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush a 930km African odyssey’ – The expedition partnered with the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK, to bring funds and awareness to their ‘Garden’s for Life’ global initiative.

 Press links:

The New Yorker (USA) – Monumental Portraits: ‘FotoWeek DC’ –

The Independent on Sunday, Travel (UK) ‘You People Cannot Walk, You only Move in Cars’

Photo District NewsPDN (USA) ‘Business Smarts – A little help from your friends’

Photo District News (USA) ‘Silafando’

Travel Africa Magazine (UK) ‘One Foot at a Time’

Adventure Travel Magazine(UK) ‘A Short Walk in The Gambia’

‘Your Experience’(Gambia Experience Travel Agents) Magazine ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush’

The Gambia Blog(Gambia Experience Travel Agents) ‘Jason Florio’s Portraits’

The Gambia Blog (Gambia Experience Travel Agents) ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush’

African Lens (USA) ‘Pictures of the Day

Resource Magazine (USA), ‘Trekking Through The Gambia’

The Eden Project, Cornwall (UK) ‘Gardens for Life’ project

‘Wings’ Inflight Magazine (Arik Airlines)

Amazing Stories(online) ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush’

FlakPhoto(USA), ‘100 Photographers/100 Portraits’ FotoWeek, DC

FlakPhoto (USA) Collections

Elizabeth Avedon Blog

Stellazine / Stella Kramer(USA), ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush’ Interview with co-expedition leader, Helen Jones

Multi-Media – Interviews:

BBC Radio 4  ‘Excess Baggage’ with John McCarthy ‘Walking in Mediera, Europe & Gambia’

BBC Radio Surrey with ‘Nick Wallace Morning Show’

Gambia TV & Radio, The Gambia – ‘Expedition Africa’ and ‘The Fatou Show’

B&H (NYC) ‘Real Exposures’


APA / NY Image makers Lecture Series, Apple Store, New York

Foto Fusion – Palm Beach Photographic Centre

B&H Lecture Series, New York

 Jason Florio – Photography

 Gallery Exhibitions:

2011 The Haggerty Museum – Milwaukee, USA

2011 The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery – Atlanta, USA

2011 Photography Museum of Art– Huai’an, China

2010 The Eden Project – Cornwall, UK


One Life International Photography Competition 2011– ‘Silafando’ – Winner of People Category

The Lucie’s – IPA (International Photography Awards) 2010 – ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey’ – People-Fine Art Category

New York Photo Awards 2010 – Honorable Mention – ‘Silafando’

Museum collections:

Permanent collection of the Huai’an Museum of Art, China

Permanent collection of The Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, USA

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