INTRODUCTION: A photographic triptych is made up of 3 images. The centre image, the most important, is flanked by 2 outside panels. The strength of a triptych lies in that the 3 panels combined will bring forth a theme, message or story. If one were to remove one panel, that theme, message or story, would be lost. Meaning is created by the relationship between each photograph and the whole. Meaning is embedded in how each of the 3 “communicate” and “feed” each other. One may test the strength of the idea/triptych by seeing what happens when one removes one of the images. Question whether or not it breaks up the mood, rhythm, movement or idea? There is no formula for how you chose, make-up or compose the 3 photographs to form a triptych. The main criteria is that there are 3 photographs, BUT the strength of the triptych lies in the idea as much as it is in the quality of the photographs. Saying that the placement of these photographs, their framing and aesthetic quality [color/ digital effects/ grain…etc] must be carefully chosen to express and facilitate the idea.
YOUR THEME FOR THIS TRIPTYCH ASSIGNMENT WILL BE BASED OFF YOUR SUSTAINED INVESTIGATION.
REQUIREMENTS: printed & mounted size may vary - smallest size 8.5x11 and no larger than 13x19.
Submit a written statement [250 words] that outlines the story, meaning or theme and the processes involved in achieving the triptych. EX.. photographic considerations, sources of inspiration, effects.