Milan photographer Ronni Campana’s series Fixed Badly is a celebration of imperfections and haphazard attempts at car body repair. Throughout the series he documents cars that have undergone DIY cosmetic fixes: mismatched paintwork, a Waitrose carrier bag and turquoise tarpaulin make an appearance in Ronni’s closely cropped images and it’s a fascinating look into our “make do and mend” attitude.
The project started during his daily commute in London: “One day I was coming back from work and I spotted some interesting restoration. From that point I started paying more attention and realised they’d all been fixed in a similar way,” says Ronni. The colours are garish, the car bonnets and windows become graphic compositions of lines and angles, and the superfluous amount of gaffa tape only adds to my love for these images.
The search for badly fixed cars has become a treasure hunt for Ronni and occasionally he gets more then just a photograph. “One day I was stopped by an elderly man, who was the owner of one of the cars I was shooting. He asked me what I was doing and then decided to show me his garage that was filled with vintage cars.”
About the Author
Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.