A little while ago, a member of our local photography club (Brockville Area Photo Club) posted three images as a set. It prompted a discussion about triptychs, or three-panel sets, which I really only knew as something common to religious icons.

It didn’t take long to find out that traditional triptychs are only the starting point.

A triptych can split a single piece of art into three, or combine three pieces into one, and the ways in which those three pieces can be organized are endless.

Selecting an image, or images, to work with is the first challenge. I’m naturally drawn to patterns, shapes and colours, so I chose this recent-shot to start with:

The second challenge is deciding how to split the image. I divided it into three, both horizontally and vertically, to find that it didn’t improve, or add, to the piece in any way.

After some experimentation, I rotated the image; divided it into three; duplicated one of the slices; and mirrored it, to end up with an image that looks a bit like a brown bear.

Beginning to see the possibilities, I chose another image and experimented further.

To learn more about photographic triptychs, I highly recommend Jane Trotter’s website: