Cathartic camera repair.

I bought this camera in 2012. I found it at Goodwill for $20. Truth be told, I bought it for the hard case it came with. I think my values were motivated by different things then. Periodically, I would see it, and tell myself, “you really should clean that thing up and do something with it.” And then I would put it away again. 

 For some reason, this summer has motivated me to repair alot of things Ive been neglecting. Cameras… relationships… mindsets… 

 Ive been working on it for about 2 months. Finding bits an pieces on ebay, making bits and pieces that I couldn’t. Broke it down, cleaned it, lubricated the shutter gear and cocking mechanisms, replaced all the light seals and mirror bumpers. I wanted to do it right. I know it sounds weird, but somehow as I was repairing it, I felt like I was repairing myself. Thats the best I can explain it. 

 In the end, I wanted it to be unique. Imperfect on the outside, and perfect on the inside. Different. Authentically itself. I also wanted it to be interesting enough to potentially disarm people on the street. There is something less threatening when someone asks if they can take your photo with an old, interesting looking film camera. At least that is the theory. We will see how it goes in practice. Anyway, I finally finished it tonight, and thought I would share…

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