When the disaster comes, human nature and wonderful photos, which one would you choose?
For the photographer Jason Florio, the choice is obvious.
“You can accomplish yourself or save countless lives in a single thought …I’m not just a journalist or photographer on board. I have no personal judgment in an emergency.”
“(I will) Always remember that picture, sunny to a cloudless sky, blue to the calm sea, a central rubber boat, 480 people on board silent, showing the whole piece perfect silence. To me, all very strange, from a photographic point of view…” Read more/see more at The Initium – interview with Jason Florio by Chen Ying (Alicia Chen)
View Florio’s Magnum Photography Awards 2017 – Photojournalism – ‘Destination Europe’ + more images from rescues in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean on his website
Follow on Instagram @jasonflorio
‘For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), to operate rescue ships. Their specific aim is to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas...’ Jason Florio – Read/see more on the LensCulture site
Check out floriophoto.com for more on Florio’s work with MOAS in the Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea
The @EverydayMigration Instagram feed launched by showcasing the work of @JasonFlorio, a British photographer who has been embedded on multiple missions onboard the MOAS.EU (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) search and rescue ship off the coast of Libya since May 2015. Having been based in the Gambia before he began his work with MOAS… read/see more @everydaymigration
‘Wearing a black T-shirt with the words Power of Freedom emblazoned in red, rapper Jerreh Badjie (stage name Retsam), is part of a tight circle of young Gambian dissidents pushing for an end to the country’s totalitarian regime… ‘
Big congratulations to the other VQR 2016 winners
Read the entire ‘Out of the Sea‘ feature and view the series of portraits on the Virginia Quarterly Review site. All images © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU
The stormy weather meant that the first couple of days down in the SAR area were quiet but today, as the sea calmed, all that changed and the team has been busy with rescues all morning.
More photo updates, coming soon.