Over 200 guests waited with anticipation, not knowing what would happen next . This much they did know, it was to expect the unexpected. This was the 3rd Annual Kamshuka Gallery Show and if the previous two galleries were any indication, this would be a night to remember. You see she was not the one to do things the common way. Actually she would do all she could to make sure it was done uncommon. She is Belinda Barrocks, the founder and owner of Kamshuka Photography.
Known for her creative photography, image consulting and personal branding, her gallery shows have become iconic yearly events of class and style. A must-attend event for those in the Toronto area who want to experience more than just an image sitting on an easel. This wasn’t just an art showcase, it was an experience. An artistic expression of one woman’s viewpoint of what the world looked like. This year, it was the nation of South Africa on display.
African drummers made their way through the crowd, followed by classy models with hidden images in their arms. Then came the masked dancers, one of which who would surprise the crowd by revealing she was part of the production. Yes Belinda was no stranger to trying new things, stepping out of her comfort zone to inspire those around her. Hence, this was the true vision for the gallery shows.
“Its a celebration of life, art and people,” says Belinda who has become one of Toronto’s more notable personalities in the last several years, taking her talents to countries such as Dubai, Bahamas, Bahrain and more recently South Africa. “Teaming up with the Canadian Cancer Society to raise funds for breast cancer research has always been a major part of these events the last 3 years. I’m honored to be giving back.”
The more people you talk to about Belinda “Kamshuka”, the more you’ll see why most people describe her as very influential and inspirational individual. But her journey didn’t come without challenges growing up.
“Escaping the civil war torn country of Uganda at the age of 4, all I saw was death all around me. I was a little nervous returning to Africa, but once I was there and seeing all the ‘life’ around me I had to capture it and share it with those back home.”
Indeed she did, as the 2011 edition of the Kamshuka Gallery Show was dubbed as the South African Collection. Belinda pulled out all the stops to create the ultimate atmosphere of entertainment and class at the Mirage Lounge & Grill in Toronto area. Special guests for the night included Canadian R&B sensation Kim Davis, well known spoken word artist Al St. Louis and popular Canadian Idol contestant Jessica Shepherd.
But the night belonged to Belinda and her artwork. A few onlookers described the experience like this:
“like the way you presented your art/photos. There was suspense, followed by drama and of course the dancing and drums were very entertaining. Thank you for a uniquely put together evening and the location was classy.”
“Loved the dance and Images from your trip! I pray that the same freedom you danced with on the dance floor will continue with you on this amazing journey called life. Keep on moving to the rhythm of life sis, your moves are Inspiring.”
“I liked your dance. I like that you explored a new side of you and put on a great show. It was unexpected! But above all, I liked how gracious you were. The show was not about you… even tho it was about you.”
Comments like these is what makes the hard work all worth it for Belinda as she continues to take her craft to the next level. “This year was about showing you the African in me,” says Belinda. “I can’t wait to show the world more of who I am in the years to come.”
For more on Belinda and Kamshuka Photography, log on to www.kamshuka.com
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- 2011 Kamshuka Gallery Show: The South African Collection - July 25, 2011