Telling a Photo Story Using Triptychs

When we look at a scene or person, we often first see the whole before letting our eyes wander to the parts. But sometimes a slight anomaly or a little detail is what captures our attention from the get-go: A ring on a bus driver’s finger, paint peeling on a park bench, one dead leaf amid a sea of green ones.  The rest of the scene fills in around that detail as we continue to look. Triptychs are good photography tools for showing more of what we see when we’re seeing, all in one work.

Triptychs in photography

Photographs by Roddy McInnis

Some triptychs are equally (if not solely) about the aesthetic—interesting repetitions of patterns, colors, and details from different subjects, or perhaps a single shot through different filters, exposures, or tints:

Triptychs in Photography

Photographs by Matt Weber

And then there is the triptych that’s made from a single shot, and the appeal of it is more about where you “cut” it and why:

Triptychs in Photography

Photograph by Kim Lewandowski

Clearly, there are a lot of ways to create a triptych. Photographs can be taken over multiple sessions and from places far-flung from each other. They can include polar opposites to make the viewer think, to show a contrast of ideas, aesthetic, or emotion. They can capture related elements from totally different subjects. They can have themes of color or patterns. Talk about versatile! They are a great way of showing how you as the photographer saw something in the world.

If you’ve never tried to create a triptych, you should give it a shot. Then let us help you come up with the just-right way to show it off. One very cool way we’ve helped photographers show off their triptych photography is by printing on stretched canvas. Come in and see us to talk about ways we can help you piece together those images in a way you’ll be proud to display.



2 thoughts on “Telling a Photo Story Using Triptychs

  1. Kenneth says:

    That was inspiring, thanks.

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