The Triptych competition attracted 13 print and 17 Projected entries.While many members had commented that this theme was ‘hard’ the quality of the entries was very high indeed.
As we noted last time, ‘hard’ themes make us think as photographers before making the pictures. Images are thus more likely to be deliberate than merely accidental shots. That has to be a good thing!
The competition entries were assessed by Vicky Pilling. Vicky made some interesting general points before presenting her detailed ‘judgements’:
- she noted that triptychs may be composed of three different but related images, and also of a division of one image into three parts;
- whatever approach was taken, each individual photo had to stand on its own, but the triptych had to ‘work’ as a whole, meaning that the relationship between the three parts had to be clear;
- she noted that three unrelated images do not make a triptych, nor does a 3-fold repetition of one image.
The general points recurred in Vicky’s detailed discussions.
She did point out in relation to one or two images that the photographer had overlooked some, sometimes subtle, and sometimes obvious, issues. For example where the three images had a horizon the photographer had made the triptych so the horizons ‘lined up’ in two of the images but not the third, creating a jarring effect. This kind of feedback was very useful (people all thought it obvious in retrospect) because it did emphasise the need to think a bit more about how an image can be presented to create the best impression.
Vicky left detailed notes on each image. I’ll try to get these transcribed and up on the downloads page soon!
Everyone present agreed the competition had been a good one and that Vicky had provided very good and useful feedback.
The image at the top of the page is ‘Purple’ by Nik Player.