“Once you believe in your work, other persons will believe in it as well.”
The confidence expressed in this statement by young photographer Shamar Prescod, was quite evident when he and a number of colleagues recently teamed up to stage a collaborative exhibit entitled Colours: Photography & Art Exhibition by Shamar Prescod and Friends at Uniquely You Studios.
Bajan Vibes caught up with Shamar to find out about the exhibit and the photographers behind the stunning pictures that were mounted on the walls. He said it was a group project involving Levi King, Krystal Howell, Van Nyx, Nicholas Small and himself.
Shamar said he decided to do the group exhibit because the other artists had been the driving forces behind two successful exhibits he had staged in the past, and he wanted them to reap the rewards of their labour.
The March 5 event, however, was not solely about art. It also presented an opportunity for young artists to mingle with officials involved in the development of the island’s fledgling cultural industries who were present.
Andrea King, the director of the Cultural Industries Development Authority, talked about the Cultural Industries Development Act and the rewards that cultural practitioners can gain from registering.
Also present were Lynette Eastmond, outgoing president of the Barbados Film and Visual Media Association and Luci Hammans, founder of Beat Freaks Barbados and England, and also a founding member of the Life In Leggings Movement.
The packed room was treated to performances by Alexander Newton, La Shawna Griffith, and Science who mesmerized the audience with his talent as he played Emmerton on a musical saw.
The standout of the night, however, was a performance by Naomi Waithe, a 15-year-old student of the Frederick Smith Secondary School. She did a beautiful rendition of Adele’s Grammy award winning songs Skyfall and Hello.
Shamar expressed gratitude to sponsors, Uniquely You Studios, Eric Jay Events, Cross Media Designs, Middendorfi Studios, Barbados Film And Video Association, Jahz Productions and Shiloh International.
Without them, he noted, the exhibit could not have been the success that it turned out to be.