Since its invention, photography has served as a unique way to capture the world around us in stunning detail not possible before. Today, the technology is accessible to nearly everyone, yet goes largely unused in the daily lives of many. One Mesa resident decided to change this and document her own life in photographs.
Cynthia D’Acosta said nearly four years ago her cousin challenged her to use the website Blipfoto.com to journal her daily life in pictures. A photography buff since high school, she decided to give it a try — to take a photograph from her life every day for a year. She did so, missing no more than a day or two in the entire time.
She said it was challenging to post every day for the first year. There were a few “desperation shots” of flowers, repeated while she searched for new subjects. But it got easier over time and she continued, even after the first year. D’Acosta uses a Pentax K10 that her husband bought for her.
“It seemed like a challenge, and I’ve always liked photography,” she said. “After that anniversary, I don’t feel driven to post every day, but I do post often.”
Last month she posted her 1,000th photo to the site — a simple blue chair with some flowers on it. She also recently celebrated her 32nd wedding anniversary, two momentous occasions marked within a few weeks of each other and right there in stunning color on the site.
D’Acosta said she has recorded other such occasions on the site as well — holidays, events, the births of her grandchildren, as well as everyday life in the Valley of the Sun.
She also follows other journals on the site, drawing inspiration from other photographers there as well as receiving comments and constructive critique. One of her favorite journals is a British paratrooper in Afghanistan who goes by the handle “airborneskygod.” She said his everyday-style photos from the Middle East are a refreshing escape from the kind normally featured in the media.
D’Acosta calls her journal a kind of therapy. She is a full-time nanny for her grandkids and uses her time spent taking pictures as an opportunity to relax and unwind after the kids are in bed.
“I would love still to post everyday. Sometimes I’m too busy… that’s still kind of my goal, documenting my life,” she said. “I would encourage people to do that. For me, I am not a word type of person. For me, pictures are just a lot easier. It’s just a really cool way to keep track of your life.”
To see D’Acosta’s photo journal, visit: blipfoto.com/justlife.
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