You might have noticed over the past few posts that I like B+W toned prints.
I always have. I still have a handful of darkroom prints which I made when I was in the 7th form at school (year 13 for those who only understand the new system). Several of them are toned.
I remember having to go to the one and only chemist in Christchurch who sold whatever the particular concoction was so that I could make a solution to produce a dark blue toned print. I have no idea what it was but I remember having to sign some form or other. Presumably that was to make sure I wasn't going to drink the stuff.
So what is the attraction?
I have always liked B+W because it is not a literal view of the world. The audience can more easily say “look what he felt” rather than “look what he saw”.
Toning adds a layer to that. A earthy brown, deep cool blue or dark green with subtle yellow highlights puts more feeling into the image and takes things another step away from the literal.