Sami's Last Day

It was an honor to work with the Josephine Herrick Project for the last three months. During my time at JHP, I have learned how to manage exhibitions such as hanging photos symmetrically, putting them in frames, organizing them and also how to take care of equipment, categorizing them and much more. Not only that, but I have also had a hands-on experience in how to work in a professional environment, learned how to write professionally, interview people, and also learned the importance of making connections with people. The best part of my internship experience was visiting different classes and learning how teachers interact with students and teach them about photography. I especially liked how some of the teachers are connecting photography with global warming.  

One of Sami’s biggest projects this semester was filming and producing a promotional video for JHP, which he did entirely on his own.

While I was making the film for the Josephine Herrick Project, I interviewed teachers and students, and saw how enthusiastic they were about learning and using the camera. I talked to teachers who were not just working but also volunteering to teach the art of photography.

Before joining JHP, photography was just an form of art to me, but after spending time and learning about the history and mission of the organization, I came to realize that photography is not just an art, but also a medium to help others. It has been such a pleasure to work with an organization that uses arts and creativity to help people. To me JHP was an inspirational and eye-opening experience, and now I understand why photographers like James Balog, spend his career photographing glaciers and warning people about Global Warming. Now it my dream to learn and use my experience and knowledge to help others.

Sami presenting about his experience at the Internship Fair at the International High School at Union Square.

Sami presenting about his experience at the Internship Fair at the International High School at Union Square.

Jessica Wanamaker