I've been a Colour film photographer for many years, preferring the textures and properties of the medium of film. It's taken me about 20 years to realise that my understanding of tones and tonal relationships could be applied to mono work.
With regards to Black & White, I've often found it to be a very difficult terrain to navigate when I've occasionally ventured there. Colour can easily hide any tonal distractions or errors while Black & White exposes them.
But things have changed for me. I feel I've learned a lot about tones and specifically tonal relationships through my colour work over the past few years and indeed, some of my more recent colour images have conveyed a monochromatic feel to them. This I believe, has given me the foundation I needed to begin working with true monochrome.
It's perhaps been a matter of patience and learning; learn to do one thing well, before trying to do another.
A Note About This Site
I feel the presentation values of any photographic work should never be underestimated.
For me, Colour and Monochrome cannot easily, nor happily co-exist in the same space without there being some struggle between the two, or one diluting the visual message of the other.
With that in mind, I decided any Black & White work that I may create should have its own dedicated web space.