Diptychs are intended to be viewed as a single image, The whole is intended to be greater than the sum of the parts.


To explore multi-panel imagery. The relationship of one image to the next, compositionally and the content derived from the placement. You will work with sizing and resolution to combine the images onto one canvas. You will explore the metaphoric relationship of the two images

How to:

– You will shoot digital or film

(Before you can scan you must know the size of your finished piece. Overall and individual)

– All panels should be the same size

– Full frame sizes, 4×6, 6×9, 8×12. Bigger the panel, bigger the file size.

– You can crop your images. square, 8×10, 5×7,

(if you crop, why are you cropping, I want to know. You should have a reason…)

– Fill the frame with your image. Use your skills from past classes. Make good exposures.

- Think about the foreground, middle ground and background. Digital cannot make bad
photography good.

– The content of your diptych/triptych?

- Your choice, but you need to verbalize your content in the written portion of this assignment.

– Do your images need a border? Black, film edge, Polaroid.

– Should all images be vertical? Horizontal? Square?

– Should you colorize? turn to b&w

– Images can be manipulated, filtered, combined, layered.

Push the frame to encourage thought, move emotions and stimulate the imagination.
Possible Explorations: time, representation, illusion, realism and abstraction, social, spiritual, and physical space. The strength of a photograph is that many meanings can come from one image. Viewers are individuals with different heritage, age, and life experience. These factors and more come into play as the photograph is experienced.

Explore Photoshop, have fun, if you can think it, you can do it. We have the basic skills. We will build on them by exploring ideas and sharing those concepts with the class.



Symbolism Dictionary

Hand in:

1) 6 Finished diptych -Window matted for x-credit
2) Flash drive

a) Folder containing 6 layer canvases

b) Folder containing flattened files saved as .jpg

c) Folder/containing tych element
3) The work should be titled

4) Type up your symbolic or metaphoric content as you see it and any Photoshop techniques you used to enhance or change the meaning of your photographs.

5) All should be contained in a folio/portfolio/box. Place paper and Flashdrive in an envelope, 
Label with Name, class, day, time, project, e-mail and phone#