About - Okie Dokie

About: Carl Ray Evans, a local photographer.

I think of myself as a "local photographer". I live in Lawton a city of 97,000, in Southwest Oklahoma. Southwest Oklahoma is the geographical region, as I define it, bounded on the north by I-40, the east by I-35, the south by the Red River, and the west by the 100th Meridian: the boundary between OK and the TX panhandle. For 65+ years I've lived, loved, raised a family, worked, and played within this semi-arid spot of land. I call it home and I think it's beautiful.

N. Scot Momaday, a Kiowa novelist and poet born in Lawton, said, “Once in his life a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it.”

SW Oklahoma is my "remembered earth". This is the place upon which I concentrate. It's the essence and nature of this landscape that is captured in my images. It's this lifelong connection and my effort to capture its soul and spirit that makes me a local photographer.

Carl R. Evans

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