Doors - Gambia v. Malta #GambiaDoors / #DisappearingMalta
I have been photographing the doors and storefronts which catch my eye, in both Malta and the Gambia, for a number of years. This is but a micro-selection of the hundreds which I’ve collected. It’s a combination of architecture, the colours, and often the state of decay, which immediately grabs my attention. Both Malta and the Gambia have an abundance of beautifully decaying facades. Helen Jones-Florio
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Doors – Gambia v. Malta

Wabi sabi Doors and facades, Gzira, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

Doors – Gambia v. Malta

I have been photographing the doors and storefronts which catch my eye, in Malta and the Gambia, for a number of years. This is but a micro-selection of the hundreds which I’ve collected, from both these small countries.

It’s a combination of architecture, the colours, and often the state of decay, which immediately grabs my attention. Both Malta and the Gambia have an abundance of beautifully decaying facades.

Doors - 'Serigne Touba' mural on the front of a house in the capital, Banjul, the Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio
Doors – ‘Serigne Touba’, Banjul, the Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

#DisappearingMalta

Doors - 'Franks Salon', shuttered storefront hairdressers, Valletta, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio #disappearingmalta
Doors – ‘Franks Salon’, Valletta, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

#GambiaDoors

Doors - 'Pipe, eau de Toilette', decaying closed storefront, Banjul, the Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio
Doors – ‘Pipe, eau de Toilette, Banjul, the Gambia ©Helen Jones-Florio

‘How I’m seeing Malta disappear through its doors’
Photographer shoots the death of Malta’s architectural history

Times of Malta

Doors - 'The Last Stop', derelict house, Sliema, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio #DisappearingMalta architecture
Doors – ‘The Last Stop’, derelict house, Sliema, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

Another, perhaps darker side, to my #GambiaDoors series has been to photograph the doorways to victims we have been photographing and filming, as part of ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters of a regime’. Also known as #Portraits4PositiveChange – an on-going series, with award-winning photographer, Jason Florio (check out his photography prints galleries, here on the site).

#StoriesBehindDoors

Doors - the doorway to the house of Mr Chune, who's son was shot dead during student protests, 2000,, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio
Doors – the doorway to the house of Mr Chune, The Gambia, West Africa ©Helen Jones-Florio #StorieBehindDoors

The Gambia, West Africa – “My son was amongst the children massacred by Yahya Jammeh’s security forces… he was trying to escape, running with the other students to save their lives, and he was shot dead as he reached the school gates” Mbye Babou Chune. Image © Helen Jones-Florio… read/see more about Chune’s story at photostellstories.org

Wabi-sabi Doors and facades,Doors and facades - 'Joseph Farrugia Brass Founder',  Pieta, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio
Doors and facades – ‘Joseph Farrugia Brass Founder’, Pieta, Malta ©Helen Jones-Florio

See more from my #DisappearingMalta photography prints gallery. All images are available to purchase, including the #GambiaDoors series.

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I hope you enjoy looking at these old doors and storefronts, as much as I love to collect them.

Helen Jones-Florio

Founder & Curator

Doors - Helen Jones-Florio stands infront of a door called 'Hellen Collection', Bakau, The Gambia, West Africa ©Jason Florio
Doors – Helen Jones-Florio and ‘Hellen Collection’ door, Bakau, The Gambia ©Jason Florio

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