Black Lenses Matter: JD Barnes

Explore the bold work of photographer JD Barnes, selected as part of an instalment of Black Lenses Matter.

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Misan Harriman (2020)What We Seee

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Listen to Misan Harriman share his thoughts on JD Barnes' work and why he has been celebrated as a talent to watch.

Ajak Deng (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

JD Barnes is fashion and beauty photographer from Montgomery, Alabama, United States. 

Playing With Fabric (2020) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Despite having lost complete vision in his right eye due to uveitis, he takes pride in his ability to see beyond the typical, and in doing so create something special every time he picks up his camera.

Playing With Fabric (2020) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

His preferred genres of photography are editorial fashion and beauty. He has a passion for photography and the process of creating imagery. 

Playing With Fabric (2020) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

"Art is life, and it effects every part of my psyche: I love to create and it brings me the ultimate happiness and peace... '"


- JD Barnes 

Enmeshed (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

"...I have worked hard to hone in on my craft, and I work even harder to improve and get better day by day."

Florality (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

"Although I am blind in one eye, I cant accept limitations or failure and make no excuses for any deficiency in my work..."

Ajak Deng (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

"...Instead, I work even harder to strive to overcome and by doing so hopefully setting the example to anyone coming  after that me that with hard work and determination, truly anything is possible."

Florality (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Enmeshed (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Ajak Deng (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Ajak Deng (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Enmeshed (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Goldeneye (2020) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Between Light and Shadow, James D Barnes, 2021, From the collection of: What We Seee
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Between Light and Shadow, James D Barnes, 2021, From the collection of: What We Seee
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Ajak Deng (2018) by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

Untitled by James D BarnesWhat We Seee

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