urquhart castle


Loch Ness seen from the ruins of Urquhart Castle by BIG ALBERT


Jane Ta
London, UK
Fujifilm X100S | Fujifilm XE-1

What would you say has been your favourite place to visit as a photographer?

London - even if I was born and raised here. Having ventured out mostly around Europe whilst balancing my uni degree, I’ve come to find that London constantly has something new to offer if you’re willing to search about and simply take a second to look. Living in such a fast paced city, it’s easy to forget and take for granted just how rich and full of history and diverse London really is, so as a photographer; it’s my favourite place.

How do you overcome the lack of natural light available in the UK in your work?

I suppose I’ve already learnt to embrace the lack of natural light by incorporating other elements into the photos and focusing on those more. Since the weather is constantly changing, we quite often get really, really interesting cloud formations. And then rain puddles can be fun if you observe what they reflect.

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Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

On the shores of the loch is the ruin of Urquhart Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. It played a part in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, and in the 17th century it was largely abandoned before most of it was eventually destroyed deliberately in order to prevent it from being used by Jacobite forces.

The ruins were beautiful, set against some really dramatic scenery, and it was kind of amazing to think about how old they were. The castle has been around since the early 1200s, and to me, that’s almost impossible to comprehend.