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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

A show of pictures at the PhotoArt gallery gives viewers a chance to see the world “through the eyes” — and camera lens — of longtime Oklahoma City metro area photographer Doug Hoke.

Photographs in the exhibit range from details of vintage cars and pictures of people, plants, animals and objects, to blurred, impressionist distortions and studies of shadows.

Subjects in the first category include the stylized chrome lettering of a “Ford F100,” a gleaming Pontiac “Trunk” emblem, and close-up, tightly cropped photos of the bodies of a red “Corvette,” a red “Porsche” and the front of a red “Chevy.”

Meeting our gaze without blinking are the amber pupil of an all-seeing gray owl and the staring dark eyes of a cow serving as “The Lookout” for a herd of cattle, the rest of whom have their tails turned to us, nonchalantly.

A solitary figure taking a “Walk As the Sun Sets” with a horse is silhouetted dramatically on the horizon line, while the scarlet body and glistening wings of a “Dragonfly” stand out vividly in front of a hazy blue background.

Handled in a nearly abstract fashion are photos of such organic shapes as an “Orchid Column” and a red “Turk's Cap Bud,” as well as close-ups of a “Pansy Universe” and the odd, intimate world of a “Snap Dragon.”

In a somewhat similar manner, a red leaf floating on rippling water becomes an almost meditational object, and a table and four chairs, seen from overhead, can be viewed as a “Patio Pinwheel,” of sorts.

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