With his Polaroid SX-70 (a used camera he picked up at a yard sale for $20), William Miller churns out not photos, but amazingly abstract works of art. The camera, as it turns out, was broken. “It sometimes spills out two pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling them in unpredictable ways,” says William.
“The image as it is exposed within the camera becomes pulled and stressed by these violent mechanisms, often to abstraction.”
Rather than returning the Polaroid, William continued taking wonderfully warped, completely serendipitous shots. The series, Ruined Polaroids, is a showcase of all these.
“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.”