Tom Stock had been in his studio on West Avenue for about four years when Bill Pitney walked in one day and told him he had a photography project that was of great personal interest. He wondered if Stock would be interested.
“He was thinking of doing something with the farm and wanted to be sure he had it properly documented,” Stock recalls. “Would I mind going over and taking photographs in the different seasons over the next year so that he and his siblings would have some reminders of what the farm looked like before it made its transition to its next phase. Regardless of what would ultimately happen to it, they wanted to know how it looked.”
So Stock started going to the farm regularly, starting in the fall of 2014, and then through the winter, spring and fall of 2015. That’s when they wrapped up the project, so that Stock could produce an album of 40 or 50 photos that Bill could share with Kathy and Judith.
“Who knows where the property is going to be ten years from now, or when we’re gone, but this is what it was when we were here. That’s what these photos meant to them.”
All of the photographs you’ll find represented in this gallery are available for purchase as large prints for $100. All proceeds will go to Pitney Meadows. To order a photo, drop him a note at email@example.com.
A graduate of the photography program at Syracuse University, Stock came to Saratoga Springs 27 years ago after working for a photo agency in Wilmington, DE that did a lot of jobs for Dupont. It was a great place to learn, but Stock ultimately concluded that, while he was doing most of the work, others were making most of the money.
He saw a bumper sticker one day and it spoke to him: “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes. “
As founder of SaratogaPhotographer.com, Stock today has a view that constantly changes. "Some days I'm shooting. Some days I'm Photoshopping. Some days I'm knocking on doors looking for jobs. I have a candy company coming in tomorrow, for which I'll do some lifestyle shots. It's something different every day."
Stock still enjoys shooting the property, now that it's "Pitney Meadows" and technically not "Pitney Farm" any more. He compares shooting closeups of flowers and other plants to capturing "intimate profiles."
"I used to be a scuba diver, and I discovered in shooting coral reefs that most of the mind boggling imagery is up close. I want to shoot the trees instead of just the forest."