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Triptych ((trip’tik)) – last day to submit June 13
Photographic triptychs are usually 3 individual images arranged with a plain border between them. However if a background is used it should complement the presentation of the three images but must not become a significant “fourth image” in the message of the triptych’s three images.
Alternatively a single photograph may be “cut” into three parts which then provide the three elements for a triptych. In this case the resulting triptych should certainly have a linkage between its components …they were originally one image! However to be successful the “new” triptych image must provide the viewer with something extra over the original. Cutting for the sake of cutting is not a guaranteed way of producing a strong triptych.
Think about your final aspect ratio: There are endless possibilities here. The important consideration is how the images work together. Suggested triptych aspect ratios:
The three images do not have to be the same size or the same shape.
- Three 2:3 aspect ratio portrait images placed next to each other
- Three 3:2 aspect ratio images placed one above the other
- Three square images side by side
- Two larger images flanking a smaller one and vice versa
What makes a triptych a successful triptych? The individual photographs must be technically competent…putting three poorly-produced pictures together is not likely to result in a strong final image.
The total triptych should demonstrate the creativity of the photographer …by the approach taken with a familiar subject or by the choice of an unusual subject.