New York-born artist and freelance photographer Stephen Petegorsky has lived in the Northampton, Mass., area for almost 40 years. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is currently in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe.
An Amherst College graduate, he later received an M.F.A. in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College and the University of Connecticut.
For many years he has started his days walking his dog in a part of Northampton called The Meadows. This area is bordered by the Connecticut River and is in the shadow of the small mountains known as the Holyoke Range. Mostly agricultural, the Meadows also hosts a number of homes, farms, a small airport, a wildlife refuge and a fairground. The landscape of The Meadows changes with the seasons and with the light; its rhythms of life, growth, harvest, death and decay are a reminder of our own mortality.