Man with Uist links gains exposure at international photo exhibition

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A photographer with Benbecula links has been invited to exhibit at a prestigious international photographic exhibition in Edinburgh.

Port Glasgow-based CJ Monk, whose father Fergus is from ‘Ard-nan-Eoin’, Creagorry, has been a regular visitor to the family croft.

The Retina Scottish International Photographic Festival will showcase the cream of international photography as well as shining a light on emerging talent.

More than 50 international and national photographers will take part in the two-week festival which begins on June 24.

CJ Monk first picked up a camera ago, rapidly gaining recognition and plaudits for his quirky take on conceptual portrait and fashion photography.

CJ Monk said: “The Hebrides has provided inspiration and partly helped mould my photographic style.

“Benbecula is very special to me, it’s where my father grew up so I feel a strong emotional connection.

“The Retina Scottish International Photographic Festival is a fantastic opportunity to share my work with a wider audience.

“I am delighted to be exhibiting alongside such high-profile international photographers.”

Pictured above is one of CJ’s images, he will be exhibiting at the Retina Festival between the 11th - 30th July see more at: website