Gambia Doors - unique and colourful doors and storefronts of The Gambia
Gambia Doors - unique and colourful doors and storefronts of The Gambia. An ongoing collection. Images ©Helen Jones-Florio. These images form part of a wider collection of photographs of doors and storefronts from The Gambia. Wherever I travel to, for work or play, the collection gets bigger! #DisappearingMalta is also another extensive collection.
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Gambia Doors – unique and colourful doors and storefronts of The Gambia, West Africa

#GambiaDoors: Doors and Storefronts of The Gambia, West Africa. Mural’s depicting disciples, Lamp Faal and Baye Faal, of the Mouride Sufi Brotherhood, Banjul. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

Gambia Doors – unique and colourful doors and storefronts of The Gambia, West Africa

Gambia Doors – I have a slight obsession with doors and storefronts. These images form part of a much wider collection of photographs of doors and storefronts from The Gambia. Wherever I travel to, for work or play, the collection gets bigger! #DisappearingMalta is also another extensive collection. As featured in the Times of Malta

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Featured image: A mural depicting disciples, Lamp Faal and Baye Faal, of the Mouride Sufi Brotherhood, in the capital city, Banjul

The Mouride Sufi brotherhood is a sect of Islam most prominent in Senegal and The Gambia with headquarters in the city of Touba, Senegal, which is a holy city for the order. Disciples are called Mourides, from the Arabic word murīd (“one who desires”), a term used generally in Sufism to designate a disciple of a spiritual guide.

Gambia Doors - 'The Standard Barber Shop', shopfronts and doors of The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
Gambia Doors – ‘The Standard Barber Shop’, The Gambia, West Africa.
Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

Gambia Doors - ‘Fukajai’…secondhand clothes, Serrekunda, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio storefronts
Gambia Doors – ‘Fukajai’…secondhand clothes, Serrekunda, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

‘Fukajai’ – roughly translates as shake off the dust

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Gambia Doors - ‘Chemiss’ storefront, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio storefronts and doors
Gambia Doors – ‘Chemiss’ storefront, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio


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Gambia Doors - ‘Gates to the compound of the family of the late Omar Barrow, Red Cross volunteer and journalist, one 16 young people killed by security forces in April 2000 The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
Gambia Doors – Gates to the compound of the family of the late Omar Barrow, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

#StoriesBehindDoors, The Gambia – Behind this gate is the family compound of ‘the late Omar Barrow’ (which, when asking for directions, is how the house is described by neighbours). On April 10, 2000 – Omar, a journalist, and International Community Red Cross volunteer, was shot by a uniformed member of Gambia’s security forces during student protests, as he was trying to help injured students at the Red Cross Headquarters. Tragically, he was pronounced dead a few hours later at Banjul’s Victoria Hospital. Omar was 28 years old. He is survived by his wife, Awa, and daughter, Fatou (she was only a few months old when her father was killed), who we met and photographed for an on-going series with award-winning photographer, Jason Florio: ‘Gambia – victims, and resisters’ 

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Photographer, Helen Jones-Florio standing in front of a door in The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio
Photographer, Helen Jones-Florio, The Gambia, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio

Check out my other place, for the love of unique doors and storefronts  #DisappearingMalta

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