Photographer William Miller‘s ‘Ruined Polaroids’ series is exactly that. A series of polaroids that have been damaged from mechanical failure and over – exposure. Like many great ideas Miller stumbled upon it by accident. He picked up a partially broken polaroid camera at a car – boot sale, jumble sale, you know the type, took some shots and realised he had bought a dud. However, unlike many people who’d be pretty pissed having forked out cash for faulty equipment Miller saw it as an opportunity. Thus this project was born and these wonderful psychedelic images are the result.
Here’s what he said about the project:
These are Polaroid pictures run through a partially broken SX-70 camera that I purchased from a yard sale. The camera sometimes spills out 2 pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling the images in unpredictable ways. Over time I’ve figured out how to control and accentuate aspects of the camera’s flaws but the images themselves are always a surprise. Each one is determined by the idiosyncrasies of the film and the camera.
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