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Simon Caplan
London-born Simon Caplan has been resident in Bristol in the South West of England for over 20 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 shoots with Canon 5D Mark 2 and Sony A6400 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 Camera Raw and Photoshop..

As well as taking his well-known urban details, abstracts and 'found' still life images, Simon has developed a growing reputation for his "renaissance-style" tabletop still life images lit only with a hand held torch. When opportunity arises, he also takes environmental portraits of craft workers and artisans - often using flash to illuminate his subjects. Simon also enjoys landscape and architectural work.

Simon is a member and a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS); a member of Bristol Photographic Society and of the Bristol Creatives group.

His past 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