Old film cameras captivate so many people in the photography industry, but they are a depletable resource that will naturally dwindle. This 22 year old is working on countering that trend.
I love film cameras. I have shelves and storage filled with them. I only shoot with a couple, but I love more about them than their function; their aesthetics, their history, their story. Although I — and family members on my behalf — buy these cameras, a lot of them wouldn't work well enough to take any images. I've thought about sending them off to be repaired, but it's something I'd like to do myself. Well, that's what this one gentleman has done with great success.
Pierro Pozella is a Master's student from Surrey, England, whom after working in a charity shop, became tired of seeing old cameras being thrown away. Without being able to find many resources on how he could fix them, and with knowledgeable folk being unhelpful, Pozella set out to reverse engineer the camera bodies and teach himself. Before long, he was getting requests from other people and it has become a flourishing business called PPP Camera Repairs.
It's great to see people repairing old cameras, particularly when they're this young!