TRIPTYCH PRINTS FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE GALLERY
As a landscape photographer, separating yourself from the others can be difficult. The “Hero Shot” is the same one we all get and for good reason. It has the best composition for the location. How can you make the same shot different? The obvious solution is better light, but what about making the image into a “Triptych”? To begin with, what is a “Triptych”? That is the question most people ask when they hear the word. This blog post will discuss all things tryptic, so you will have a better understanding why purchasing one will separate your home gallery from your friends.
WHAT IS A TRIPTYCH?
As the name implies, 3 images make up a triptych. This can be a large panorama divided into 3 images or 3 separate images with the same theme. Maybe the images all have the same theme like barns in the Palouse. I have seen some where a family portrait is made up with the entire family in the center and the kids and pets on the outside images. There are many possibilities for triptychs when it comes to layout. 3 side by side, a large print on the right side and two small prints on the left with one on top the other, etc. Almost endless choices when designing triptychs.
WHY YOU WANT A TRIPTYCH IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE
The simple answer is because they are awesome and different. Ask your friends if they have a triptych and the answer will be “what is that”? Now you have to explain a triptych causing them to want one. This works great since I have some for sale. Triptychs offer a unique look for limited edition prints few people own. Maybe the space above your couch will fit a wide panorama, but you prefer something different. What a perfect fit for a triptych. Now the home gallery is different and something you can show to friends and family. How about a new look for the office decor? Most offices can fit a nice triptych in the customer waiting area. Although the print doesn’t take up more wall space, we can spread the 3 sections out, giving the appearance of a larger print and more visually appealing. Placing the sections around a corner can create a 3-D effect. These are just a few of the reasons you should buy limited edition triptych prints.
NOT ALL TRIPTYCHS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Creating triptychs can be a long process. It may take years to finally get 3 images that work together. For example, I create a panorama of downtown Seattle with the Space Needle on the left third of the image. Now I try to make the triptych and the Space Needle will be cut in half or other similar issues will occur. Obviously, if you are making a cityscape into a triptych then some buildings will cut in half but they can't be important ones. What about a nice ocean scene with a dock going from 1 side to the other. That won't work but if the dock was right down the middle, it would be perfect. If the images are very similar, such as those in my Palouse Gallery, they may not work because the atmosphere and light are different. Triptych need a lot of thought, so putting any 3 images together does not work. Look for strong vertical lines in your images or abstract pieces. When the triptych is made of 3 separate images and not 1 image cut into 3, have the leading lines converge to the center. This creates a strong presence in the center image. Use 3 images from the same area taken a few minutes apart so the light and atmosphere are the same. The advantage of using abstract images is you can flip and rotate them in Photoshop to get the lines to work and no one will notice. Images where the focus is in the center work the best for dividing into a triptych. The triptych below was taken in the Palouse during harvest time in August. The outside images were from Steptoe Butte taken a few minutes apart, the middle image was the next morning. The tree in the middle is the same tree on the right.
Any 3 images put together can be a triptych but it doesn't mean it looks good. Using a panorama split into 3 but dividing an important part of the image is not what you want. Triptych are about a theme, light, atmosphere, etc. The images tell a story. Buying limited edition triptychs should be fun and start a conversations with anyone who sees it. Use it to fill a large wall space that only a triptych can. Maybe a panorama is too small, maybe the panorama can't be printed large enough. A triptych can have 3 images that are 30x45 resulting in an image that is 135 inches wide. Print shops may not be able to print 135 inches but they can do 45 inches. Now you can have the panorama but in a triptych for a new look. Next time you want a large print for your home or office gallery, think about adding a triptych for something different. If you have any questions please use my Contact Page for any questions. Until next time, remember, unless you are being paid, fill the frame with what you like.