1. Instagram - Floriotravels

    Instagram – Floriotravels

    Along with updates we post on here, we’ll be adding our travel photos to our new Instagram page: floriotravels  – featuring photos from Jason Florio and myself  whether they be work, play, or simply day-to-day life scenes that capture our imagination. Please feel free to ‘follow

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    At the moment, we are having a short hiatus from West Africa – a few thousand miles north, in the UK, visiting family…

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  2. Floriotravels - Instagram  - working on a new project with photographer Jason Florio, West Africa… more news on that soon.

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  3. Photos Tell Stories - photography workshops, travel, and more… with Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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  4. Press: ‘US photographers hold photo exhibition’ - Daily Observer, The Gambia, West Africa

    Press: ‘US photographers hold photo exhibition’ – Daily Observer, The Gambia, West Africa

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    Great to see a review of the Photos Tells Stories exhibition in Gambia’s Daily Observer newspaper. It’s just a shame that they didn’t use any of our Gambian students images, which we sent to them.

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    However, you can see them by reading on through the blog or clicking on the various menu links in the header – i.e. ‘Photos Tell…

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    We arrived in The Gambia, West Africa, early December, 2013, by invitation from the US Embassy, Banjul, to teach a series of photography workshop – ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘. Our aim was to show young Gambian students, between the ages of 13-20 years old, how to see their ‘home‘ – the villages and towns which they live – through the eye of a camera. And, more importantly, to show us – as guests on their home turf – how they viewed their environment and how they wanted it to be portrayed.

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    Jason Florio - photographer and workshop tutor – YMCA, Fajara, The Gambia, West Africa

    After a morning in the classroom, where Jason took them through the history of photography – showing the work of renowned international photographers, past and present – and various techniques, we gave them the cameras and sent them out, to photograph. Most of the students had never used a camera, other than perhaps snapshots with their phones.

    The workshops culminated in a very successful exhibition opening at Alliance Française, in May, in The Gambia – where around 200 people, including most of the students from all over Gambia, were in attendance, along with national media.

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    Photos Tell Stories photography students with Jason Florio (center) and Helen Jones-Florio (right) at the exhibition opening night, Alliance Française, The Gambia, West Africa

    If you are interested in hosting a Photos Tell Stories workshop – or have us present our previous work in West Africa (River Gambia Expedition; ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush‘; ‘Makasutu – mecca in the forest‘), please check out ‘Book a Photography Workshop or Presentation with the Florios

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    You may also like to check out ‘Students Work‘ and ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘.

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  7. Looking back over the inaugural of  ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language workshops, which we taught earlier this year here in The Gambia, West Africa (thanks to the US Embassy, Banjul, for partnering with us).  And, we can happily say that we are still as impressed by the quality of the young students photography – especially because almost all of them had never used a camera before.

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    L-R: Aisha, Muhammed N, Helen Jones-Florio (PTS’s workshop producer), Haryat, Ya Ida, MMuhammed S, Kadji, Omar, Lucia, Catherine, Florence © Jason Florio, Kombos ‘Photos Tell Stories’ photography students

    Photos Tell Storiesphotography workshop: The Kombos region, The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa – students were chosen from various senior secondary schools in the region.

    A slideshow selection of work from the  students – taken during their portraiture class with P.T.S.‘s photographer and tutor, Jason Florio, and their ‘Home‘ work assignment:

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    Above image © Jason Florio – The Kombos Photos Tell Stories workshop students – following images taken by the students during their ‘Portrait Photography’ class.

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    To see more of the Kombo students  work, and their portraiture workshop, please click here and ‘Jason Florio teaches ‘Photos Tell Stories’ Gambian photography workshop students how to photograph each other

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    You may also like to check out our ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ FB page, where you can see Jason Florio and the Photos Tell Stories students during the workshops.

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    Photos Tell Stories‘ – photography workshop in Kartong, The Gambia : Students were chosen from the Press Club, Kartong Basic Cycle School. Following is a selection of their images.

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    Image © Malang Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

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    Image © Edward Badjie, Kartong, The Gambia

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    Image © Binta Jarju, Kartong, The Gambia

    To view more images from the Kartong Press Club students, please click on the following slideshow:

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    Photos Tell Stories‘ – photography workshop in Soma, Lower River Region, The Gambia : Students were chosen from the Silicon Institute. Following is a slideshow selection of their images:

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    Image © Nfamara Kinteh – Soma, The Gambia

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    Photos Tell Stories‘ – photography workshop in Kembujeh village, The Gambia: students were chosen from the Aila Senior Secondary School. Following is a slideshow selection of their images.

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    Aila Senior Secondary School, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa – with the FujFilm, USA, digital cameras

    To see more from the Kembujeh photography students, please click here

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    Photos Tell Stories‘ – Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Lower River Region, The Gambia. Click here to view a slideshow of more of the students work

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    Farafenni Senior Secondary School, Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa – thanks to FujiFilm USA for the cameras!

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    Click on above image to view the gallery – to see full gallery if images, please go to Slideshow: Gambian photography workshop students – Farafenni

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    The culmination of the above workshops was an exhibition of sixty prints – ‘Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ – one print from each student’s collection, at Alliance Française, in The Gambia. The attendance at the opening night far exceeded what we had hoped for – with national media coverage (TV & press).

    We look forward to teaching more Photos Tell Stories workshops soon.

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    Photos Tell Stories - tote bag design by ‘Jekkah-African Inspired Clothing’ Gambia

     

     

    Reflecting – Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians Looking back over the inaugural of  ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography - a visual language…
     

  8. Above – a small selection of some of sixty creative images from our young Gambian photography students, on exhibit at Alliance Française (until tomorrow, that is!), here in The Gambia, West Africa.

    However, after a very successful exhibition opening night  – with national tv coverage/media in attendance – and the subsequent two week run, tomorrow (Saturday 31st May), sadly, it’s time to take down the ‘Photos Tell Storiesphotographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ .  However, we’ll pack our Gambian photography students prints with great care so that, perhaps, in the not too distance future, we can exhibit them again.

    We’ll post more of the students work soon but, in the meantime, please check out  the ‘Students Work‘ and ‘Behind-the-Scenes‘ pages, to what they got up during the photography workshops with myself and, photographer/tutor, Jason Florio.

    And, if you are interested in hosting a Photos Tell Stories photography workshop, click here for more details.

    Enjoy!

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    Jason Florio (center),Helen Jones-Florio (right) with the Photos Tell Stories photography workshops students – exhibition opening night, Alliance Française, The Gambia, West Africa

    Photos for the weekend: exhibition ‘Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians’, West Africa Above - a small selection of some of sixty creative images from our young Gambian photography students, on exhibit at…
     

  9. Gambia Radio & Television (GRTS) coverage of ‘Photos Tell Stories - photographs of The Gambia by Gambians’ exhibition

    Gambia Radio & Television (GRTS) coverage of ‘Photos Tell Stories – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians’ exhibition

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    Check out the ‘Photos Tell Stories – photographs of The Gambia by Gambians’ exhibition opening night on GRTS, at Alliance Française, The Gambia, West Africa. And, for those who can – and who haven’t yet made it down to AF - sixty prints, from our young photography students, will be exhibited until Saturday 31st May, 2014.

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  10. Photo of the Day: Gambia by Gambians - ‘The Welder’

    Photo of the Day: Gambia by Gambians – ‘The Welder’

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    Student: Asmau M. Jallow, Farafenni, The Gambia, West Africa – ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language‘ with Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio.

    Photographs of The Gambia by Gambians‘ – 60 prints – is on exhibit at Alliance Française, Banjul, until Saturday 31st May, 2014.

    To see more, please click on ‘students work‘.

    We’ll be adding more photos, from our young Gambian…

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