Platinum prints are said to produce some of the best tonal ranges of all chemistry-based photographic developing processes. Also, the platinum metal used in this process happen to make platinum prints the most archival of chemistry-based prints, due to the metal's ability to hold up against chemical reactions that may degrade the print over time.
Platinum prints have a different developing process than other processes, for instance platinum prints do not use traditional emulsion. Instead the platinum and/or palladium metal salts are mixed with a light sensitive iron-based solution and are hand-brushed directly onto the photo paper. Due to the lack of emulsion, the prints are left with a matte finish with a layer of platinum absorbed into the paper.
Ron Cowie uses this photographic process in his work "Leaving Babylon." Cowie’s compositions guide the viewer to reflect on the spaces and their presence in them as a viewer. These photographs require a quiet form of meditation and contemplation.
Here is what Ron has to say about his work "Leaving Babylon":
"My work is about simple truths. I view the world from a place of hope, faith, and love. Leaving Babylon was born from the exhaustion of an anxious life and the successful casting out of murmuring demons. I began a journey from the Devil’s territory to a place of acknowledgement and acceptance. The first step began with practicing a life of faith was better than one based on the ego and intellect. I made the images in Leaving Babylon to understand the question of how to live with faith and fear. Leaving Babylon is the visual record of a landscape that exists inside and among us. Leaving Babylon is about saying “Yes” to darkness; “Yes” to the unknown; “Yes” to love; “Yes” to sorrow; and, “Yes” to the ultimate reality which is God’s kingdom."