Ruined Polaroid Pictures as Abstract Art

While many photographers aim for technical perfection, photographer William Miller goes the opposite route. After “rescuing” an old and barely functional Polaroid SX-70 instant camera from a yard sale, he began taking advantage of its glitches by viewing the resulting photographs as abstract art. He states,

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.

The images look like landscapes taken on strange alien planets. He has titled the project Ruined Polaroids.

You can check out more of the photographs here.

Ruined Polaroids (via Flavorwire)

Image credits: Photographs by William Miller and used with permission

  • Brian

    Most of the hipster photo students in my high school were obsessed with the “artistic value” of ugly, screwed up Polaroids. I never really bought into it.

  • David Kozlowski

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder for sure, but I love these!  Art!

  • Dave

    I believe for it to be categorized as art, there needs to be some intention in the creation of the outcome. Art comes from your mind.

  • Dee

    just as Timothy explained I’m surprised that some one can make $5331 in four weeks on the computer. did you see this web page !!!

  • Damian

    Not Art, just messed up film. Can’t be art, but it is nice to look at.

  • Corbyn

    Another day, another absolutely crap “vintage” screwed up image with no artistic value. Abstract art is people passing off their inability to paint/create a tasteful image. And yet we seem to accept things like these, as the dogma set down long ago dictates intelligence comes with being able to perceive the “abstract.”

  • Michael Godek

    isn’t everyone already doing this? I feel like that was always half the joy of polaroid…especially now that all the film out there is actually expired and isn’t going to be technically great anyway