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OPUBCO photographer's works featured in local exhibit

OPUBCO photographer Doug Hoke explores “The Metro” in an exhibit at the PhotoArt Gallery
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: February 20, 2013
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There is something nearly existential about a black-and-white “man against the elements” photograph of a dark-clad figure engaged in an “Uphill Battle” as he struggles through snow beside a daunting chain link fence.

The “Brick and Glass” of an old building also present a formidable barrier in Hoke's color photo of that title, as does the dark, twisted wire fence in which a peace symbol is entwined in his “Set Peace Free.”

Artful blurring adds to the impact of his color pictures of dancers at “Ballet Practice,” of an anonymous crowd at a “Concert,” and of tree branches that seem to be spinning overhead, making us “Dizzy.” Shadows of “Bottles” on a shelf have an understated, ghostly presence, and “Time” is represented by the reflection of a wall clock, under feet that seem suspended over it, in two other photos with an offbeat feel.

A 1980 photojournalism graduate of Central State University, now University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond, Hoke is director of photography at The Oklahoman, where he has been employed for 36 years. He has also done freelance photographic work for Sports Illustrated, Business Week, Time, Working Woman, Entrepreneur and other publications.

— John Brandenburg


‘The Metro: Through the Eyes of Doug Hoke'

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, through March 4.

Where: PhotoArt Gallery, 1738 NW 16.

Information: 557-0924 or www.photoart.com.

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