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Donald M. Robinson explores the world with a love and respect for both its wildlife and varied cultures that permeates his many photographs. He has been taking photographs for 50 years, documenting people, landscapes, animals and plant life. His photography is a testimony to the artist’s lifelong conviction that the world is essentially a beautiful place and the environment is its greatest treasure. We took a few minutes with Donald to discuss his photography and the inspiration behind this project.

How did you first become interested in photography? 

In my early childhood, I was fascinated with black and white photography. I set up a darkroom in the basement of my home and spent many hours captivated by the images. 

Where do you get the inspiration for your photos? 

Photography is one of the great joys of my life. When I plan to photograph, my day begins with barely containable excitement, and, by the end of the day, the beauty I have experienced has renewed my soul. Photography has given me another career, another chance, a real treasure in the changing fortunes of time. In my search for images, I am constantly reminded that the world still is a beautiful place. 

What are your favorite places or objects to photograph and why? 

My favorite place is Antarctica because everything is so magnificent and beautiful. The penguins, seals and other native wildlife are most cooperative and can be photographed quite easily. The landscape is surreal.

What is the most difficult part of the photographic process?

Carrying a lot of equipment and setting up a tripod to obtain a precise sharp photograph is the most difficult part. Traveling to some very difficult landscapes can also be a challenge.

Can you describe the concept of the pieces featured in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps?

All of my images featured in the CSL are from western Pennsylvania. I am constantly reminded of the natural beauty in our area. I also tried to represent our various seasons.

What impact do you hope your photographs will have on CSL visitors? 

I would like the visitors to be impressed by all of the beauty that we have here in western Pennsylvania and the beauty that they can experience at Phipps. 
   


Photo © Donald M. Robinson



Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Summer Flower Show
May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
The whimsical miniature world of Garden Railroad takes center stage at Phipps this summer. With themed railroad displays in multiple exhibit rooms enhanced by unique plantings, interactive features and more, this show will bring the wonder of childhood to visitors of all ages.
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
Ongoing
Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.
Farmers at Phipps
Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Refresh your food shopping experience! Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse organic and Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Oct. 2, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Oct. 3, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
Next Tour Oct. 4
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Fall Flower Show
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
In celebration of the harvest season and its changing hues, this colorful exhibit showcases beautiful chrysanthemums, vibrant foliage and other festive flowers as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.
Halloween Happenings
Oct. 24, 2014
4 – 8 p.m.
When you feel a chill in the air and start to see pumpkins everywhere, you know it's almost Halloween! Bring costumed kids for a spooktacular time in the gardens as we offer a host of healthy snacks and family fun, including games and a pot-a-plant activity. All activities are free with Conservatory admission.
Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
Garden Railroad
Now Open
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you to Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where dinosaurs are brought back to life! Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this can't-miss exhibit is a thrilling adventure for all ages.
Tropical Forest India
Now Open
Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!