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The Team

All the people that you see here are real. Only their details have been changed to save them from legal action if their true activities were to be revealed. If you really want to know what we do in our spare time, pop in with a car battery and two lengths of heavy duty cable.


Brian is the managing partner at Castle Cameras.

He spends his days hidden in a cupboard juggling product and sales data, does a bit of cycling, (including a 200km ride every month) for relaxation and checks our local Wetherspoons once a week to make sure that they haven't put up the price of beer.

He started Castle Cameras in 1974, is retired on Thursdays when he looks after his granddaughter and has an interesting a collection of classic cameras that has been stored in cardboard boxes for the last five years while Pete the builder completes his tour de force at our original shop.


Racheal is a partner at Castle Cameras. She also manages to fit in being a mother of 2 & a guide commissioner and several hobbies including scrap-booking and photography, all whilst learning the piano. Her cameras include an EOS 5D a Sony WX300 and an ageing Ixus 700.


The Transporter, Quantam of Solace and Dirty Dancing all have characters based on Deb. We know her as 'The Enforcer'. Sounds harsh but she's really a closet pussycat and can be pacified with a good bottle of red wine... Deb spends most of her day monitoring the mail order, keeping her pidgeon coop clean and tidy and keeping all as organised as she can.


Jim is the manager of our Salisbury branch. A keen yo-yo dieter, Jim often frequents Fat Fighters before stopping off for a kebab on the way home. Jim likes to relive the glory days when he claims to have been good at golf. The truth is, no-one saw it happen. Jim loves planking, though he is yet to lift his stomach off the floor and often actually just dozes, but he is hoping to progress to actual exercise in the next few months.


Hugh brings a wealth of knowledge from fashion design to our team. Before joining us Hugh had a career as very successful peddler of Gothic Alchemy T-Shirts. Hugh sadly had to retire from the high octane world of nylon clothing after an unfortunate incident involving a fleece emblazoned with prancing horses. Just a mention of it will see him glass over and stare into the middle distance, a single tear rolling down his cheek.

Interesting Hugh fact - He's never seen an owl, and is sceptical if they even exist.

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Hugh experiments with out of date film slide film. The first image was taken on a Nikon EM with a 50mm f1.8 and the second on a Yashica 35 ME


By 'ek! Swinge is our most northern member of staff. Swinge enjoys gravy with everything, chips, pies, ice cream. We're not talking sorta northern, Swinge is all out. Tee shirts in winter. Newkie Brown by the case Northern. In an unrelated factoid he also suffers from a condition meaning his arms are unusually short and his pockets unusually deep.


Shirley is mainly responsible for the day to day running of our lab and admin. We let her move her Lab to our Winton showroom a few years ago as the area it was in has been taken over by estate agents and is not safely visited without an armed guard.

Despite being named after an Indian Restaurant in Birmingham, Shirley has done rather well for herself - recently completing her 3rd Ironman Triathlon. Shirley still gets ID'd when purchasing alcohol.


After spending 12 hours sat by a monk in 1st class en route to Tokyo last year Alice found the way of Zen. She now lives by a simple doctrine

  • ミーティングは分離の始まりに過ぎない

She's sadly not a clue what it means, but she does love her new tattoo.

Herring Gull in flight, captured by Alice on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Young Russell

Young Russell is our youngest member of staff. He'll be handling a lot of our product videos as well as helping out behind the counter. Like most young people he can telepathically communicate with all types of electronic devices, but he can't tell you the first thing about Huey Lewis and the News.

Milky Bar over Knowlton Church captured by Russell on a Sony A7 with Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED lens.


Graham is back with us after a year in the desert on a horse with no name and a few months interrailing through the eastern bloc. He'll be the man doing a lot of our social media but his talents seemingly know no end, even extending to being the local Leica buff. His Dungeons and Dragons class of choice is Druid.

Paddington Bear, in Finland – Canon 1DX with Canon 300mm f2.8 and Canon 1.4 mkiii teleconverter


Karen works behind the scenes in Bournemouth, but you'll sometimes find her behind the counter. Having travelled the world, tamed lions and experienced many exotic cultures Karen seemed the perfect candidate to work with Brian and his unique computer system. Karens sparkly shoes are the envy of the rest of the staff.


Simon has done it all and by all we mean he has taken a lot of photos and sold many, many cameras. We've never seen him do a backflip or juggle with chainsaws, perhaps he has hidden talents? He now works behind the scenes in Bournemouth and is busy sourcing exciting new products for you to buy! Oo-er!

Jeff Goldblum; captured relaxing between takes on Independence Day.


Robin Van Courier hails from the dark satanic mills that line the Buckinghamshire countryside. After a promising career as press photographer Robin decided to start over with a new life in Dorsetshire where he felt his wizard like appearance would allow him to blend in well with the native Hobbitses and other Tolkien characters that live in the Dorset countryside. You will often find him pawing over lenses, fascinated by the pretty shiny colours that glint off his glasses. Interestingly, if you hold Rob up to your ear you can very faintly hear the music of Slade.

Wood, by Rob


Once voted Winton's most eligible bachelor, Luke found the fame too much and he soon became banned from various premises in the area. He's now in recovery in the Castle Cameras Convalescent Camera Shop, Salisbury. Luke likes to spend his time drinking Ruddles in 'spoons reminiscing about the good old days and pondering where it all went wrong.

Famously Luke once appeared on the Really Wild Road Show.

Michael Speaking

Michael believes that the film Fury is a documentary. In a former life Michael was a Messerschmitt. Now he often runs around with his arms out shouting 'Pew Pew', occasionally we have to pop around to Tesco and pick him up from security after a relapse. If you would like to speak to Michael in person, he can be found next to the bus stop smoking with the cool kids.

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