Composition Technique Question

Discussion in 'Photographic Aesthetics and Composition' started by berarthbun, Nov 14, 2018.

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    So this is an odd question, yet perhaps someone knows the answer. Is there a name for the technique of capturing a single composition with multiple sheets of film? I use film as an example as I see this technique with mostly film. Imagine a triptych that lines up with the negatives butting together and that is what I am talking about. I’m racking my brain trying to recall the name. I hope I described it good enough.

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    I should have mentioned that it is not stitching. My bad. This is where the images lottery butt together as if separated by a window, if that makes sense. Montage would be a better fit, yet I think there is a specific term. The link is very similar to what I am talking about. Thanks again.
     
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    The example by Thomas Kellner is very, very close to what I am talking about. Imagine those images done with sheet film and lining up much closer. Nice images, but just a bit cluttered when compared to what I am thinking of.
     
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    I think your first instinct to call it a diptych, triptych, etc. is accurate. I the only name I can think of for many multiple frame images would be collage (like David Hockney) or montage.
     
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    Something like this?

    Tree and Jacky. Two 4x5 negatives
     

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    Very similar, yet usually I see more shots in the composition. Let me see if I can find a good example.
     
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    This is probably better described as a presentation choice, rather than a composition choice.
    The canvas printing businesses describe it as split canvas prints.
     
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    Has anyone suggested "composite" yet?
     
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    Sounds good !

    ''Compositing is the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images, often to create the illusion that all those elements are part of the same scene.'' (Wikipedia)
     
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    Does it really need a name? Talk to a curator.
     
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    Matt Magruder (who used to be active on this board) calls them "assemblages". They are on his website under "Windows". He does wet plate, but using sheet or even roll film would be the same. Matt has done roll film as well.

    http://matthewmagruder.com/portfolio/wetplate/windows/
     
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    I worked with a retoucher who selectively floated the emulsion off two sheets of Ektachrome, joined them into one transparency for reproduction. It became a believable single image of a pond with something unlikely "reflected" in it. I don't recall my client...the retoucher was eager to try the technique,..he underpriced with something around $200. Long before Photoshop.
     
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    yeah love that album !
    :smile:
     
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    Have you heard of Jerry Uelsman? He uses multiple negatives to print his photos. He uses many enlargers to do this.

    http://www.uelsmann.net/
     
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