Triptychs – Photographer Research

Nick Carver

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I felt that this triptych was an empowering result of the technique, as the trees are united in their similar backgrounds and lack of scenery, yet maintain their independent qualities that portray to the audience that they are not in fact the same tree. This is interesting as portraying three alternative subjects so similarly is difficult to achieve successfully, without allowing the landscape or surroundings to manipulate the balance of your results.

Misha Gregory Macaw

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Similarly to the work of Carver, Misha Gregory Macaw also used the subject of a tree upon a cloudy background to create a powerful, statement piece. However, alternatively to Carver’s style, Macaw has angled her photographs from below, manipulating the perspective of the tree to create a dramatic silhouette that enhances the branches and twigs.

Nathan Larson

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Larson is the first triptych photographer that I found that used the technique to create a flowing image, whereby the three pieces combined to portray a landscape as though it were one image. This is particularly effective due to the fact that only one of the pieces portrays the subject of interest – a horse. This makes the other outcomes, whilst still well executed, almost irrelevant. However, when placed as a group they, as a series, are much more powerful than if the third image were presented alone.

Terence Davis

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Terence Davis portrays collections featuring nature and scenery, none of which necessarily flow or have any real commonality, but are united in their natural beauty and monochrome presentation. The lack of colour draws silhouettes out from the bright backgrounds, whereas colour may have allowed the trees to blend into the scenery, or colour may have generally detracted from the impact of the stark, dark areas.

Geoff Hicks

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As a more interesting twist on the concept of portraying one image as three, Hicks uses this effect to show perspective and depth, shown here with the use of a corner. This appealed to me as an alternative use of triptychs, which most photographers use to portray a collection of outcomes or an individual outcome from an individual perspective. Using alternate perspectives was an innovative and artistic choice, which draws the audience into the piece.


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