I'm Don Orkoskey, a professional photographer, artist, designer, and teacher. I want to understand the systems that surround us, influence our behavior and affect our future. This is the focus of my art and photography. Some of these systems are natural, some are manmade. Some are beneficial, some are harmful. Some we've created ourselves and some are handed down through trauma or other means. Others still are created by people to benefit them without or with little consideration of the harm that they cause the rest of us.
I believe by examining and better understanding these systems we can create a more thoughtfully curated world. I don't believe this is an easy or quick process but I believe it is the work that we all must do in order to see progress and in order to build a better world. I believe that artist, photographers, and other creators can help lead us in examining these systems and questioning how to improve the 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.
I currently teach photography, videography, storytelling, art making, & more.
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'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
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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
Pittsburgh photographer and designer Don Orkoskey talks about building more economically resilient communities through better design.
Pittsburgh Designer Don Orkoskey talks about using data collected through surveys for building a better digital strategy.
Pittsburgh photographer and designer Don Orkoskey discusses his design challenge: reducing piles of laundry in the bedroom.
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.
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Become a patron, buy my work, or make a donation to help me continue identifying and understanding the systems that surround us and working to dismantle those which cause harm.