That's a wrap ...

Oh 64 Fulton Street, how I’ll miss you … 

In all seriousness, this summer has been invaluable to me both in terms of work experience and personal growth and development. While I’ve been interested in photography ever since I was young, I never imagined that there would be a nonprofit organization out there that uses photography in this way. The Josephine Herrick Project’s unique approach to spreading photography piqued my interest from the beginning, and has consequently caused me to totally reconsider my own personal relationship with photography. Why do I take pictures? Does it actually bring me joy or do I do it just to say I do it, just to have a hobby to list off in my next interview or conversation? Do I take pictures for myself or for others? To sell it or display it in a gallery? Does it matter that in the end, my photography will most likely reach relatively few people in the grand scheme of things? 

I can’t say I have the answers to all of these questions, or even any of them, but this exercise of self-reflection is important for me going into the future, especially since I will be graduating this school year and trying to make a life for myself outside of the safe bubble of academia. 

Existentially, that’s all fine and good but interning at JHP has taught me very practical skills as well. I can’t say I knew exactly how a non-profit was run before this summer but this experience working with JHP has been illuminating in terms of that. I’ve also learned much about grant work, both writing and research, as well as different methods of fundraising. And I think I can safely say that I’m a Squarespace pro by now. Not only that, but I had the opportunity to interact with people from many different walks of life, including those who gave me valuable advice about my future (Betty Kim if you’re reading this, shoutout to you!). 

For all these things and more, I am grateful for my time working at the Josephine Herrick Project, thank you to Jessica, Diane and Marquis for making internship exciting and action packed from the get-go! 

p.s. here are some photos that I took this summer at my first time at Coney Island (because what better place to reinvent your photography than a boardwalk in the summer time?)

-Tulani


Jessica Wanamaker