Tonal Manipulation Technique

My tonal manipulation technique uses hints of warm and cool colors to set a mood. I begin with a camera, then the colors are transformed with software. Toning often closely resembles monochrome techniques and are inspired by classic chemical processes applied to black and white photography, such as selenium, sepia, and platinum. Other techniques are reminiscent of early non-color images such as cyanotype, calotype or daguerreotype. A selection of two or more colors are mapped across the darks and lights of the image. I typically spend many hours further adjusting the intensity in select areas in a process that succeeds hand-painting.

I remove color from an image to draw the viewer through the shapes and lines of the composition. A monochrome artwork eliminates the distraction of color. I add subtle (multi-tonal) colors to the monochrome image to compel an emotional reaction. Reducing an image to near-monochrome brings it closer to its abstract components–the heart of any artwork.

Viewing a (nearly) colorless image, free from the seductive spectrum of hues, is a more serious-feeling pursuit. It’s a contemporary twist on a timeless tradition. Black and white predates photography, with grisaille painting, printmaking, ink, and graphite drawings.

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