In our next intern personal, meet Joshua Roman! Through PENCIL’s Internship Program, Joshua interned with the summer camp at Bank Street. His position came about because he was a student in our PENCIL Internship Program as part of the Ladders for Leaders Program, in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community. Below is his story which shows how, combined with his classwork, his summer opportunity helped him to develop new skills and identify a career aligned with his passion for photography.
Name: Joshua Roman
Year: College Graduate
School: Lehman College
Joshua’s interest in photography began toward the end of high school but it wasn’t until he was able to save up to purchase his first DSLR camera that he fell in love with the craft. In those first couple years, he used his camera whenever he could, but other obligations often got in the way. He found he couldn’t devote as much attention to it as he would have liked.
This began to change when, in his junior year of college, he enrolled in Introduction to Photography. “I genuinely had a great feeling about the class from the start,” Joshua remembers. Throughout the semester, his assignments allowed him to experiment with his camera and build upon the skills he had developed on his own.
After this class, Joshua did not let go of his passion. Through PENCIL and Ladders for Leaders’ Internship Program, he earned a position at Bank Street Summer Camp. Responsible for photographing camper groups, Joshua found his days filled with the instruction and guidance he needed for a successful summer. As the weeks passed, he noticed his abilities improving even more. “My job became easier as I progressed,” he says, “I learned a lot about the art of photography and became more successful. After time, I felt I was able to call myself an artist.”
By the end of the internship, Joshua wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this experience and, it turns out, Bank Street wasn’t ready to say goodbye to him. Impressed by how much Joshua had contributed over his six weeks with the camp, the directors asked him to continue working until the end of the summer session. Joshua happily agreed.
Since his time with Bank Street, Joshua has started to reconsider his trajectory, entertaining new thoughts of pursuing professional photography. He says, “PENCIL helped me think about my future opportunities…At first, going to school for IT was the only opportunity I had in mind [but after the internship] I figured photography may become a whole other direction I’d probably pursue.”
Today, Joshua continues to photograph the city around him. You can find a portfolio of his work on his website here.