A Year in Analog

Say cheese! Mary Ciesynski wants to take Ahwatukee’s picture.

Ciesynski is taking a photo of Ahwatukee and the Valley every day for a year. Since starting on Jan. 1, Ciesynski has already taken 113 photos.

Ciesynski moved to Ahwatukee from Rhode Island five years ago.

“I had trouble getting inspired to do art again when I moved. I think because it was a drastic change from where I had grown up,” Ciesynski said, “But I had picked up a camera, film, and I really got inspired.”

The project, called “A Year in Analog: A 365 Instant Photo Project,” is what Ciesynski calls a “love letter to the analog age”.

“I think film is a dying art and I’d like to see it kind of revived a little bit,” Ciesynski said, “Especially if it can help people express themselves or kind of get away a little bit from the digital world for a minute just to enjoy everything around us.”

When the idea for the project struck Ciesynski, the cost of undertaking an endeavor such as this was not the first thing on her mind.

“Initially when I thought of it, I just thought of the concept,” Ciesynski said, “I didn’t really think through that it would cost money for the film and how many photos I would have to take in order to get the right shot.”

At $20 for a pack of film, the costs quickly added up.

“I was starting to take from grocery money to buy film, so there were weeks when I would just buy pasta and maybe a jar of sauce and just have pasta everyday for lunch and just spend my money on film so I can keep the project going,” Ciesynski said.

And there were things like batteries that added to the growing cost.

In order to keep the project going and keep from eating nothing but pasta, Ciesynski started a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is a website for people to fund their projects, whether it is art, technology, or food.

Ciesynski has a set goal of $1,200 by Sunday, April 28. And it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t reach that amount by the deadline, no money changes hands. This means she gets no money.

For more information on the project or to fund Ciesynski’s project got to http://kck.st/YH8U68.

• Brittany Stehmer is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

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