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Your East photography exhibition at Sainsbury Centre
Japan: Andi Sapey (Photo Andi Sapey)
Andi Sapey spent time in Japan during 2009 taking photographs for this project

Norfolk photographers Andi Sapey and Andy Crouch teamed up to produce the exhibition Your East in January 2010.

The combined project contained vibrant colour photographs of Norfolk and Japan, two very different locations, which sit remarkably well together.

"It's interesting to get people to compare the pictures and see if they notice the differences," said Andy Crouch, prior to the exhibition.

The exhibition took place at Norwich's Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The display at the gallery, which is located by the University of East Anglia (UEA), was a result of a collaboration by the two artists who met there.

"We were astounded that we had been exploring similar themes but in different countries," said Andi.

Norfolk: Andy Crouch (Photo Andy Crouch)

"Culture, colour, the quirkiness of a place's past and future. Our photographs could have been taken by the same person or in the same place, and yet they're wildly different," he added.

While Andi Sapey found inspiration while travelling around Japan, Andy Crouch was honing his creative treatments in Norfolk.

"I did a part-time hire-car delivery job and when I was taking the cars out, I noticed the quirkier side of Norfolk," he said.

"I had the idea of photographing some cafés, their signage and other aspects of this great British tradition," he added.

While the two cities are separated by thousands of miles, the same themes and imagery can be seen on both sides of the globe.

"Some of the pictures you don't know where they are, they could be in Norfolk or in Japan," said Andi.

The display at the Sainsbury Centre asked visitors to contrast and compare the images of Norfolk and Japan, to develop their own sense of 'Your East'.

The exhibition took place at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, at the University of East Anglia, until Thursday, 28 January 2010.

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