I'm Don Orkoskey, a professional nature photographer, artist, designer, and photography teacher. I'm passionate about our natural world, the systems that allow it to sustain life, and every being that calls it home. I'm committed to documenting our wonderful world and any man-made challenges that seek to upset the delicate balance we require to enjoy life upon it.
I want to understand the natural and man-made systems that surround us and affect ours and the planet's future. This is the focus of much of my nature photography and my art work. I believe by examining and better understanding these systems we can more live more creatively and in harmony with our world.
I am fascinated with our world and how it works. I love sharing my fascination and the things that I've learned, the skills I've mastered including photography and visual communication. I see teaching as a multidimensional process where I can not only share knowledge but can hear and experience other points of view that keep my understanding growing. View a list of all of my current classes here.
I currently teach photography, videography, storytelling, art making, & more.
Why I Question Everything.
Question everything but especially the systems that confine you and define your world. Systems you've made, systems which far more powerful people have made, even natural systems. Learn how these systems work. Challenge and deconstruct systems that harm you and those you love. Disrupt and corrupt systems which harm others, especially those without agency, and those that harm the world around us.
We have the power, it is within us but we have to understand how these systems work and adjust the role we play within them in order to build a better world.
I question everything because that is how we can understand what provides benefits and what causes harm.
I'm a neurodivergent person.
That means my brain functions a little differently than a neurotypical brain. Some people say people like me are more creative, better at problem solving, and able to think about the big picture and see it differently. I suppose that's true.
Sometimes it's a real struggle though. For decades I've been told to bottle up my authentic self and mask who I am. I'm learning how to undo this and to express my authentic self. I am who I am and I love myself. This is one of the systems that I'm actively working to dismantle.
Latest Blog Posts
I’m pro photographer Don Orkoskey, here is my 2022 natural building update for those of you who are looking for information on my project.
Join me, professional nature photographer Don Orkoskey and I discuss the challenges and rewards of finding new ways to photograph Yosemite.
Welcome to the brand new nature photography website of Pittsburgh photographer and nature photography teacher Don Orkoskey.
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Pittsburgh photographer, artist, and designer Don Orkoskey shares some thoughts on art, humor, and community as well as personal responsibility.
I’m photographer, artist, and designer Don Orkoskey and I’m happy to welcome you to my new artist website at Orkoskey.com
I hope that my work inspires you; that you will begin to ask questions about the systems that impact all of us. At a minimum I hope you'll think about the systems that impact you. You are surrounded by systems you've build intentionally as well as through unconscious means. Additionally you're impacted by systems that others have created. Many of those systems were not created with your needs being considered.
I hope that you will begin to examine those systems and ask if they're healthy or if they need to be changed and will put forth the work to change them. When we come together we can accomplish great things. Together we can both topple tyrants and build healthy communities.