Meet 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 leisure 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 Castle Cameras

Brian

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.

You can view some of Brian's photos here


Racheal

Racheal is a partner at Castle Cameras.
She also manages to fit in being a mother of 2 and the County Commissioner for Girlguiding Dorset. Her cameras include an EOS 100D, a Canon Powershot G1Xiii and a Sony RX100iii

You can view some of Racheal's photos here


Deb

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.

You can see some of her photos here


Jim

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. These days, Jim is enjoying his Mid Life Crisis, something he's been preparing for for a while - He can often be found in his rocking chair reminiscing about the good old days when he was good at golf, his hair wasn't grey, he could read small print and children respected their elders.

Jim's claim to fame is that he was the inspiration behind the TV phenomenon that is The Jeremy Kyle Show. 

 

You can view some of Jim's photos here


Hugh

Hugh was born on the fair isle of Jersey, but was forced to leave after an unfortunate mix up during an am dram production of Speed 2: Cruise Control. He can spot the make and model of almost any camera at about fifty yards, but this has proved to be almost no help to him in life at all. 

You can view some of Hugh's photos here

 


Swinge

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.

Swinge splits his spare time between Pigeon Fancying & Ferret Racing. 

You can view some of Swinge's photos here


Shirley

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.

 

You can view some of Shirley's photos here


Alice

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.

Watashi wa painappuru to hanbaga ga hoshidesu

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

You can view some of Alice's photos here


Young Russell

Young Russell is our youngest member of staff. He'll be handling the Instabook 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.

Russell is still young enough to find life fun, and full of wonder. We are hoping a few years of hard graft might wear him down to everyone else's level.

You can view some of Russells photos here


Graham

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's the man doing our graphic design, social media and YouTubery but his talents seemingly know no end, even extending to being the local Leica buff. His Dungeons and Dragons class of choice is Druid.

You can view some of Graham's photos here


Karen

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.

After spending summer 2016 experimenting with different styles, Karen concluded that hats just weren't her thing. 

You can view some of Karen's photos here


Simon

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!

You can view some of Simon's photos here


Rob

Robin Van Courier hails from the dark satanic mills that line the Buckinghamshire countryside.

As a younger man Robin enjoyed success as a stunt double in Teen Wolf. However, after failing to break it in Hollywood, 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.

You can view some of Rob's photos here


Luke Castle Cameras

Luke

Retired from his hectic job as a professional Warhammer 40K player, Luke now savours the more gentle things in life, such as pizza, beer and his prize collection of vintage pneumatic drills, which he likes to keep running at all times. Luke's signature style has been described by Vogue as "Shabby Chic". 

You can view some of Luke's photos here


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.

Micheal likes to spend his spare time helping out people who have had DIY disasters. 

You can view some of Michael's photos here