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Listen, Consider, Evolve

by Elijah Heyward III, Allan Jones

We are all makers, constantly using tangible and intangible tools to craft our reality. There is an intentionality around the life that Allan Jones has crafted for himself. The photographer, design enthusiast, and recreational beekeeper has an intimate relationship to his environment and activates the power of creativity to advance matters of justice. His work focuses on the Bahamas as a topological wonder while also documenting the complexity of the people who make his home a special place. Ritual-making and reclamation fuel Jones’s work and being. These deeply bound values connect, inspire, and challenge viewers to reconsider the past even as his work encourages a journey toward the possibilities for our future. This is a future profoundly rooted in the interconnectedness of the African diaspora—one that resonates with me as a Gullah Geechee native who, like Allan, grew up near water in a community sustained by ritual and tradition. Our conversation explores Jones’s passion for photography and science, and, most fascinating to me, the points of connection between two men raised proximate to islands and landscapes that continue to inspire us.

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