I was an early bird when it came down
to organising my internship. I, however, found myself in a little
pickle which meant I had to find something new because BLEND, the
magazine I had originally wanted to intern with, was going through
financial difficulties which culminated in a major change in
management. In short, there was no longer an internship spot for me.
This took place three weeks before the deadline. Stressed? Yes, I was
a little. The summer was nearing, and most companies had already
arranged their interns, with the exception of just a few. Having
received a couple of other offers, even so close to summer, I decided
to go with GUP Magazine. Why? Because I felt that theirs was a
working atmosphere which was comfortable, yet hard-working.
GUP is a Guide to Unique Photography.
It is a small magazine which comes out quarterly. The fact that the
main, in fact only, subject is photography is what attracted me most.
Photography had played such a huge role in my school career over the
past two years and it seemed only right to learn more about this
expressive medium. An internship at GUP also offered me an
opportunity to analyse the company; its history, concept, competitors
and future, something that can only properly be done when you are in
the midst of it all.
So, I would also like to take this
opportunity to thank a couple of people: Peter Bas for making the
whole internship possible and for guiding me through the process,
Shinta Lempers for letting me play such a huge role in the
development of the website and GUP’s general online existence, Erik
Vroons for guiding me through the process of creating the physical
magazine and Dirk Smit for revealing to me the hidden agenda of an
Art Director. Last but not least, Jo Watson, thank you for being
such an understanding and great supervisor over the past six months.