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North Gallery of state Capitol hosts photography exhibit

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Photographs snapped by a native Oklahoman depicting everyday life in the state are on display through Aug. 9 inside the North Gallery of the state Capitol.

Tonkawa photographer Ken Crowder's " 25 Days: Photographs of Oklahoma" is an exhibit featuring shots captured in his yearlong "Photo a Day" project, said Alyson Atchison, curator of education and Capitol galleries for the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Crowder, who teaches photography at Northern Oklahoma College, started the project Jan. 1, Atchison said, to help deal with artistic burnout. Each day, he looks for one scene of merit to photograph.

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The exhibit at the Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City, includes a selection of photos from his unique endeavor that the artist handpicked himself.

The title of each image is based on the date the picture was taken, Atchison said. The photos are on display in chronological order, so visitors can see the changing Oklahoma landscape, as winter becomes spring and then summer. She said the photographs resonate with guests, because they are accessible scenes of state life through the eyes of a fellow Oklahoman.

"So he just looks for one photograph of artistic merit a day," she said, "and I think that's something that people go, 'Oh, I could do that, too.'"

Admission to the North Gallery, located on the first floor of the Capitol, is free. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 521-2931.

"?Will Holland

 

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