Alistair Deacon, founder of The Appleslade Archive, has grown up in the farming region of West Hampshire, England.
Having been a keen photographer from a very young age, Alistair decided to move from Photography being a hobby and decided to begin turning it into a career. After completing his Photography A Levels in Hampshire he went on to The Arts University College Bournemouth to study for his Diploma in Photography. After gaining his Diploma, Alistair moved to Falmouth, Cornwall in order to attend Falmouth University on their BA (Hons) Press & Editorial Photography course. Once Alistair has attained his Degree he hopes to study for his Masters and eventually complete a PhD in Photography.
Back in Hampshire, Alistair’s family run a Dairy farm consisting of 80 head of Pedigree Holstein Friesian cattle. Having been brought up in this environment Alistair has a great deal of interest, knowledge and passion for farming and hopes to one day continue the family tradition of farming cattle, a tradition which goes back generations. With an Artist/Farmer for a Mother and a Veterinary Surgeon/Farmer for a Father, Alistair has had a creative up-bringing and his interest in photography has always been encouraged by his family.
Alistair was first introduced to the workings of the New Forest and the Commoners* by his wife, Rebecca (A working, practicing Commoner whose family have been Commoning since the 17th Century). Interested in this struggling trade, he began learning about the traditional methods of ‘Running Animals on Forest’, ‘Branding’ and ‘Drifting’ and started documenting the traditions that are under threat. With his farming background, Alistair has seen first hand how techniques and tricks which used to be passed down from generation to generation are dying out and the knowledge is being lost.
To contact Alistair directly with any enquiry please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* For more information and a definition of ‘Commoners’ please refer to our ‘About The Archive’ segment, located above.