[caption id="attachment_3852" align="alignright" width="300"]Lowestoft Ness Lowestoft Ness on PAN-F in Rodinal 1+50[/caption] On Monday 22 May at 0810, I stepped on to a half-submerged concrete jetty in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Awash with seawater and slick with seaweed, this tiny walkway is the easternmost point in Great Britain – and journey’s end for my trip to the four extreme points of the mainland. I looked out to a glittering horizon beneath the blazing sun as my trusty OM-4Ti’s timer beeped behind me. At 0815 the shutter clicked, setting the seal on a personal project that has seen me travel nearly 2,200 miles by road, rail, foot and flight. Many of the pictures I’ve posted about this project so far have been digital, but my chosen medium for the actual project was film – specifically Ilford PAN F, a low-speed, fine-grain black and white film. 35mm film was the dominant photographic medium for much of the 20th Century, and most readers will remember having used it for holiday snaps at some point. For a film enthusiast, though, the attachment to the medium runs a little deeper than holiday snaps, and it involves quite a bit more thought.

[caption id="attachment_3664" align="alignleft" width="300"]The extreme points of Great Britain The extreme points of Great Britain[/caption] 26 March sees the first shooting phase of my personal project, which will see me visit the four extreme points of mainland Great Britain - Dunnet Head in the North, Corrachadh Mór in the West, Lizard Point in the South and Lowestoft Ness in the East. It's a project about limits, solitude and the sea. At each location I'll make a series of pictures of the landscape, and of myself within the landscape. I hope the pictures will carry a sense of loneliness and awe in the face of the immensity of nature. As much as I'd love to tackle all four in a single long trip, common sense (and work!) demands I complete the journey in three phases. The first phase takes me to Cornwall to visit Lizard Point. There, as with the other locations, I'll be shooting primarily on medium format film on a Mamiya RB67. My film of choice is Delta 400, for its incredible tonality and sharpness. Just in case the MF option doesn't quite work out I'm also duplicating the series on 35mm PAN-F. If nothing else, this will give me a chance to learn more about printing PAN-F at a large scale. Time in the darkroom is never wasted.