I was an early bird when it came downto organising my internship. I, however, found myself in a littlepickle which meant I had to find something new because BLEND, themagazine I had originally wanted to intern with, was going throughfinancial difficulties which culminated in a major change inmanagement. In short, there was no longer an internship spot for me.This took place three weeks before the deadline. Stressed? Yes, I wasa little. The summer was nearing, and most companies had alreadyarranged their interns, with the exception of just a few. Havingreceived a couple of other offers, even so close to summer, I decidedto go with GUP Magazine. Why? Because I felt that theirs was aworking 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 themain, in fact only, subject is photography is what attracted me most.Photography had played such a huge role in my school career over thepast two years and it seemed only right to learn more about thisexpressive medium. An internship at GUP also offered me anopportunity to analyse the company; its history, concept, competitorsand future, something that can only properly be done when you are inthe midst of it all.
So, I would also like to take thisopportunity to thank a couple of people: Peter Bas for making thewhole internship possible and for guiding me through the process,Shinta Lempers for letting me play such a huge role in thedevelopment of the website and GUP’s general online existence, ErikVroons for guiding me through the process of creating the physicalmagazine and Dirk Smit for revealing to me the hidden agenda of anArt Director. Last but not least, Jo Watson, thank you for being such an understanding and great supervisor over the past six months.