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William Miller’s “Ruined Polaroids”: What Do You See?

Photographer William Miller purchased an old polaroid camera at a yard sale, only to find that the camera was broken – each photo it produced was damaged, overexposed and warped with chemicals. But Miller saw the beauty in the photos, which appear like psychedelic landscapes that don’t exist anywhere in the real world. The serendipitous result is a series of images that are not only fascinating to look at, but also put on display the process of polaroid film itself – the lack of control over the results and the chemicals involved. I could spend hours looking at them, trying to figure out what the real subject is versus what I see in the images.


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lieske -June 30, 2012, 11:47AM

OMG, I so love this, this is a really beautiful way to look at things that have gone wrong. Very beautiful

Jessica -June 30, 2012, 12:27PM

These are beautiful! They’re like the perfect abstract paintings that I have never been able to create.

Pam Finney -June 30, 2012, 4:17PM

Looking at the picture shown, I thought that there were crystals; like when you crack a rock open, (not any rock) but inside is the surprise. Inside the rockThere are different color, sparkkly purples, white, sometimes pink all through the inside of the rock and it’s not a solid rock because in the very middle is an empty space! It’s very pretty. I hope someone else has seen this. :) Pam

holly -July 5, 2012, 3:50PM

i really love the first one and the last one!

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