William Miller - Ruined Polaroids (2011)
"These pictures are taken with a camera that is, by most definitions, broken: an old Polaroid SX-70 camera. With its first use I realized the camera wasn’t functioning properly. It sometimes spills out 2 pictures at a time and the film often gets stuck in the gears, exposing and mangling them in unpredictable ways. The image as it is exposed within the camera becomes pulled and stressed by these violent mechanisms, often to abstraction. Each one is determined by the idiosyncrasies of the film and the camera.
This project, Ruined Polaroids, is an unintended exploration into the 3-dimensional physical character of an antiquated photographic medium that touches on subjects such as the nature of chance, destruction and what constitutes a photograph.”
- Artists’ Statement on Ruined Polaroids
Marilyn arriving, to help break ground for The Time-Life Building near The Rockefeller Center on July 2nd 1957. Notice the watch in the pictures, it was a clear joke meant at Marilyn arriving two and a half hours late.
Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
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