The Retina Team

Rhian Howells



Rhian is currently making the move from producer to agent for all stills and moving image crew based in Scotland. She started her photography career as an assistant in Glasgow after achieving a degree in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging at Sunderland University in 2000.  An opportunity with a local producer saw her move from photography to production.  Rhian has spent the past ten years producing stills/online/tv shoots worldwide for a large variety of clients.

Paul Bock



Paul has many years experience undertaking commissions for clients from all over the UK. He works for clients in the energy and aviation industry as well as the food and drink sectors. While his work takes him all over the world, he's also busy shooting personal work and running his studio in Leith.

Mhairi Bell-Moodie



Mhairi achieved a BA in Professional Photography from Edinburgh College as well as a Licentiateship from the British Institute of Professional Photography (LBIPP) in 2016.   Based in Edinburgh, she is now working as a full time freelancer.  Her work focuses on storytelling through portraiture and reportage photography.

Not forgetting...

Website: Marie Storrar

PR: Miriam Attwood – Storytelling PR, Will Gordon

Creative Team: Vinnie Walsh

Printing: A&M

Facebook & Instagram: Mhairi Bell Moodie

Twitter: Stephen Norman Young

Fundraising: Angie Alexander

Martin Mutch


(CEO and Founder)

Martin Mutch interest in photography started in his early teens when he was awarded the UK Young Photographer of the Year. He went on to set up the award winning technology tech business which he successfully sold in 2013. This has enabled him to instigate and fund the early stages of Retina believing that a Scottish, inclusive and annual Photography festival can grow to become a platform for young and emerging photographic talent.

Michelle Methven



Michelle Methven is a senior producer at LS Productions with over 20 years of experience in photography and production.

She studied photography for 4 years before working as a freelance assistant to photographers from all over the UK.  She then worked
full time with advertising photographer Richard Mountney for 5 years before embarking on her production career with LS, where she
has remained since it's beginnings over 10 years ago.

Having produced campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Anthropologie, M&S, Stella McCartney, Barbour and Vogue to name a few, her
knowledge of shooting in Scotland and of Scottish locations is vast.

Alan McEwan



Alan McEwan has over 40 years of experience in professional photography with 20 years as a professional photographer and 20 years in education. He is the former Head of Photography, Computing and Design at Stevenson College Edinburgh. Alan is an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography and is a member of both their Advisory Board and CPD Committee. He has extensive experience of photographic exhibitions in Edinburgh, Paris and London.



Lynn Henni studied photography and film-making as part of her degree and recently she and her husband set up focusing mostly on black and white urban imagery.  

For 30 years, her day job was working for the Scottish Government in a range of posts such as Chief Press Officer, Registrar of Independent Schools, project sponsor for school building project, Head of International Strategy, Head of Primary Care Strategy and Transformation.  

She now works at Inspiring Scotland supporting charities to deliver a national mentoring programme for disadvantaged young people.  She has contributed to her community as vice chair of her local community council (2013-16) and is on the board of children’s charity "With Kids".

Anneleen Lindsay



Anneleen Lindsay has been part of the Retina organising committee since May 2014, beginning as an intern whilst studying at Edinburgh College. She gained her BA in Professional Photography with Distinction in 2015, also qualifying as a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Anneleen works as a freelance photographer, specialising in creative and editorial portraiture, with an emphasis on storytelling and drama. Anneleen has had her work published by the New York Times, the London Evening Standard and has exhibited in England, Scotland, Mexico, the US and Vietnam.

Chris Close



Chris is a freelance photographer with over 20 years experience in the commercial sector. He is based primarily in Edinburgh but maintainsa base in London. He initially partnered with Roddy McRae in aiming to establish a Photography Festival before teaming up with the rest of team Retina. In the past 6 years Chris has produced a unique ‘live’ exhibition of author portraits at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and is currently working on a book of these portraits.

Jodie Mann



Jodie Mann is a professional creative photographer, filmmaker and retoucher from the Highlands of Scotland, now based in Edinburgh. Specialising in commercial and fine art fashion imagery, Jodie has around 5 years experience in the field whilst being entirely self-taught. As a visual storyteller, Jodie explores Scotland’s rich history, culture, nature and landscape to create striking and distinctive imagery. Inspired by the love of her Highland home; Jodie’s work is a cinematic blend of drama, power, grace and mystery with a strong commercial edge that is both recognisable and versatile.

Photo Credits

Bryn Griffiths
Hellen Van Meene
Poem Baker
Markku Lahdesmaki



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