Fun Making A Triptych

A triptych is a set of three images, which have a common thread, story or emotion. Personally, the triptych should have a flow from one image to the next and be three individual Images not one cut into three images. The images don’t have to be the same size or shape but simply work together. I like to being out emotion to the final set. I was introduced to the Triptych many tears ago at Southport Photographic Society.

Cream Walls

Looking Close Up. Taking small parts of the environment. Inspired by the late great John Wells.  A walk round the local seafront produced this panel. The thinking behind it, small intrusions into the big picture which all create a triangle in the triptych.


Image 1 – lines go horizontal and the dried branches face down and inward

Image 2 – Lines go vertically and the weed faces upward and central.

Image 3 – a mix of horizontal and vertically lines with a blob of purple paint. 

I printed this on Photo Rag Satin to give it a more photographic feel.

Books & Cutlery

A Still Life Set created after a session using variety of Cutlery. I like the oculars and shapes in the tarnishing of the metal and matched it with the creams of the books and background. Balancing the set seemed the most logical way of doing it.

Squashed Cans

I was out squashing can to put in the recycling and noticed the shape and distortion of the can, so photographed them. I added a textured background to create something gritty but neutral and the yard’s a bit boring. The set of Squashed Cans came before the triptych. This triptych was made for Section of the SRGB Exhibition.

The Light Watchers

The Gormley Sculptures at Another Place, Crosby, have been an inspiration for many years and after each visit I still find that emotional connection. There are no lighthouses at Crosby but there are some not to far away. I selected from several images in the set about beach & sea. You can make many combinations and sets mixing & matching the images as the set had the same colours and shapes involved.  

Cambridge Bikes

Cambridge is a stunning city. The beautiful architecture and the bikes are the obvious photographic focus. We’d been to look at a museum that we passed while exploring the busy streets. Turned left and there they are arched shaped windows and bikes securely attached. I processed seven, using similar textures. They weren’t process with a triptych in mind but simply because I enjoyed the compositional shapes and diversity of the bikes. There’s no real answer for the composition apart from it just felt right. During a talk at a club and I was told, “reversing them is understandable but the bike chains are now on the wrong side and is incorrect”.

The Singing Ringing Tree

A bit of fun really, You see the Singing Ringing Tree in many images in club with people, children, sheep etc. I wanted to take another step and change the shapes. The use of the birds was to give a sense of size.
I went on the create various bits from the tree to create sculptured shapes.

Human Sculpture

This was created to cast out the demons, I'm not good with people who's faces I cant see.
This Human Sculpture was at the Tate. I was busy taking shots with my phone, not really looking at the figure, then realising that she had her nose on the end of my phone, Frightened me to death!
I tells a story of her moving through the blocks.

I Saw Three Ships

I saw the ships heading in on the horizon, took the shots without thinking to much about it.
Th rebalance of left & right facing in and the centre towards you gives me exactly what I wanted.

Why Triptychs?

Historically three images have been used for many years originally in religious imagery. I was introduced to the Triptych, many years ago at the start of my photographic journey at Southport Photographic Society. One of the competitions themes was a Triptychs. Immediately, falling in love with triptychs because after all it’s simply a mini panel. I like finding the balance and commonality of the images to create a flow or story. 



I was invited to contribute a five page article about creating a Triptych in The RPS Digit Magazine  

Dec 2019

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