Photo Essay: An expedition down the River Gambia

Photo Essay: An expedition down the River Gambia

Two months, two canoes, three countries, one mighty river. Writer-photographers Jason and Helen Florio made the intense 650 mile west African journey to document the people living on the banks of the River Gambia from its humble source to its tumultuous mouth at the Atlantic. “The River Gambia is one of Africa’s last major un-dammed rivers”, Jason explains. “It emerges in a remote village in the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea, growing along its course through Senegal and The Republic of The Gambia for 700 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, where the unassuming rivulet widens to over 8 miles.” “Communities along its length rely on it for their very existence, and with plans afoot to dam the river, we wanted to create a modern day account of the people who love and work along it’s banks before construction begins and their lives change.”