London-born Simon Caplan has been resident in Bristol in the South West of England for over 15 years. He lives in Downend in the north of the city with his partner Meril.
After a 33 year career in journalism, public relations and communications, he took (very) early retirement in 2009 and now splits his time between photography and voluntary work.
Simon's shoots with Canon 5D Mark 2 and Sony NEX 6 cameras. He owns a range of lenses but particularly enjoys using prime lenses, notably his Canon EFII f1.8 50mm and his Canon 100mm Macro. He shoots in RAW format and processes images in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
As well as taking his unique urban details, abstracts and 'found' still life images, Simon shoots environmental portraits - using Canon Speedlite flash units. He either mounts the flash guns on lighting poles and diffuses the light with an umbrella or softbox or uses on-camera bounce flash when the circumstances and surroundings suit.
Simon is a member and a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). He is also a member of Bristol's Reflex Camera Club; the city's Second Look Photography Group and the Bristol Creatives group.
Recent exhibitions have included:
Extraordinary Ordinary 2: The Create Centre, Bristol Harbourside - September/October 2015
Surviving, Reviving, Thriving: Baristas Coffee Collective, Bristol - May/June 2012
Hidden Harbourside: Grain Barge, Bristol - April 2012
Baristas Coffee Collective, Bristol - January 2012
Bristol Creatives' Pop Up Department Store - December 2011
Rubicon Cafe, Redland, Bristol - September 2011
ExtraordinaryOrdinary: Bristol Youth Hostel - July and August 2011
12 Days of Bristol Creatives: The Showroom, Bristol - May 2011