Due to the incident with the Salt Printing and Silver Nitrate spill in the darkroom, I was unsure if I would be able to continue using the university darkroom, which presented an issue with my project workflow.
If I was not allow back into the darkroom, I would lose or reduce my ability to develop and print 4x5 negatives. I do own a Mod54, an insert for a Jobo tank that allows me to develop up to 6 4x5 negatives in a large tank. This works ok, however the method for bending the sheets into the grooves can result in marks on the emulsion, and if loading 6 sheets there is, in my experience, a tendency for the sheets to press together potentially resulting in sticking during development. I don't find the method to give me reliable results for project work. There would also be an option to tray develop, which can be more reliable, but reduces the amount of sheets that I would be able to process at once. 
As well as these issues with development, the main stumbling block I would encounter, would be an inability in being able to enlarge the negatives. Intrepid have released a 4x5 enlarger attachment, to convert the intrepid 4x5 cameras into enlargers.  This could be a way around this, but I would have to test it to ensure that the lenses would work and that I could manage to enlarge the negatives within the limited space of my bathroom.
I decided due to these issues that I would look to ensure I could continue working by moving my workflow from 4x5in large format, into a 6x6cm medium format. This would ensure that I could utilise all my current darkroom equipment for both development and printing, with a tried and tested method. It would also allow me to continue working in film once the course was over, and my access to the university facilities was no longer viable.
With this in mind, I decided I would purchase a new camera, a Hasselblad 500cm. I do own another medium format camera in the Mamiya C220, which is a fantastic camera, however as a twin lens reflex camera, it has a major drawback in its ability to utilise filters. The Mamiya uses small Hoya filters, of which I have a range, but these lack the quality of the Lee filters, and due to the size and layout of the lenses, these are not compatible. Within black and white film landscape photography I have found filters to be invaluable in their ability to elevate the overall image, by extending contrast between the tones, and muting or accentuating certain elements within the frame.  
With this in mind I needed a camera that had a single lens, and an ability to fit a filter adaptor on the front. The Lee filter system is amongst the most expensive elements of my photography equipment, and I was reluctant to move to work methodology that would require replacing these filters, as barring breakages, these filters are something that only need to be bought once, and are in my mind an essential piece of kit for landscape photographers. Due to this I went for the Hasselblad 500 series, as a Single Lens Reflex camera, they would be able to hold a larger filter, these cameras also had the benefit of being a 6x6 format which fitted with my current enlarger. The other competitors to this camera would be the Mamiya R67, which was a 6x7 negative, which although the extra size could offer an option of portrait or landscape dimension, I would need to look to replace the enlarger and masks I currently owned or have to compose the image for a square crop sacrificing part of the image. The alternative would be a 6x4.5 format, which would have similar problems. 
Personally I feel that the square format is something I have always preferred, there is the option to crop through the easel and masks, but when making the image, there is less of a focus on what the final image will look like, by removing the ability to choose the orientation. 
The other desirable element of the Hasselblad 500 series, is their V system is a modular set up, allowing for a variety of replacement attachments, including replacing the film back with a digital sensor. This could allow me in the future to convert the camera body to a digital camera, if I wanted to. Although these sensors are expensive, the cameras are built to last, with a famed reliability for both the bodies and the Carl Ziess Lenses that they utilise.
I managed to find a good condition camera available on eBay for £1100, which is about standard, possibly even on the cheaper side, for one in this condition. The camera body is from 1976, with the lens being from the 90s.
I took it up the hills to test it out, unfortunately in blizzardous conditions:
I did have some issues with water getting onto the focusing screen and causing black marks that made it impossible to see through the viewer. Once I got home and disassembled the screen, I realised that there was a Fresnel screen underneath the viewing screen, which once these were taken apart and dried, the screen was clear for viewing. This was something that had I known on the trip, would have made focusing towards the end of the trip a lot easier! 

Here are a few of the images from the two rolls of film, with the first two being black and white, and the latter two colour.
Ilford HP5+ 400iso, Hasselblad 500cm, Carl Ziess Planar C 80mm 2.8
Ilford HP5+ 400iso, Hasselblad 500cm, Carl Ziess Planar C 80mm 2.8
Although this image has a slight tinge to the colour tone, this is from the development and the subsequent scanning process. The scan was completed on colour settings, although this could be removed during post processing.
Kodak Portra 400iso (expired), Hasselblad 500cm, Carl Ziess Planar C 80mm 2.8
This appears to be close to the reverse of the last image, that although this a colour negative, there is little variation in tonal range, that it could be mistaken for black and white.
Kodak Portra 400iso (expired), Hasselblad 500cm, Carl Ziess Planar C 80mm 2.8
The final piece of equipment that I bought alongside the Hasselblad, was an Epson V700 flatbed negative scanner, this would allow me to digitise my negatives, which due to access to Fergus' photo studio (at the time, before lockdown) wasn't a desperate necessity. However this was a purchase for the future, as it would ensure that I could continue my practice once the university course was complete. 
As well as allowing me to scan and make digital files of my project images, it will also give me the opportunity to complete a personal project I have been looking to do for quite some time, which is to scan and archive my grandfathers negatives, which date back to the 1950's. 
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