showcase: William Miller’s serendipity

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after buying a Polaroid camera at a yard sale for $20, which subsequently turned out to be broken, William Miller began making abstract works of art with the faulty camera.

“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.

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In his series Ruined Polaroids, William showcases the photographs resulting from the internal manipulations within the camera which he’s learnt to control with great success.

“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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These beautiful images are both photography and art, a collaboration between the abstract and the serendipitous mechanical nature of camera. Some of the photographs remind me of the cross-section from a gemstone or a piece of fossilised rock. A inspiring series which keeps the viewer captivated and searching for more behind the layers of colours and shapes.

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[all images from William Miller Photography & quotes from Trendland]

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