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Debenham turned into capital city of the UK with help from Kazakhstani infrastructure

Debenham, Suffolk. Colin Archibald with with his photo montages of what Debenham might look like if it were made capital of England

Debenham, Suffolk. Colin Archibald with with his photo montages of what Debenham might look like if it were made capital of England

A trip to the country which gained mainstream recognition via comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional Borat character inspired a north Suffolk photographer to start a project which turned Debenham into the capital city of the UK.

Colin Archibald’s ‘Debenham Millennium City - The Capital of England’ photographic exhibition came about after a visit to Kazakhstan.

A preview event and meet the artist day was held on Saturday.

He said: “Last summer I visited Kazakhstan to photograph the buildings in the new capital city, Astana. The capital had moved from Almaty, which is earthquake prone, to Astana in 1997, and this new city is full of eye-catching buildings designed by some of the world’s best architects.

“Whilst I learnt about the design and construction of this city and the move of over two million people, I started to think about the impact such a move would have in the UK: ‘if the capital moved from London to mid Suffolk, and the existing village of Debenham became a new city, what would it look like?’”

Mr Archibald used his photographs from Astana and of Debenham to create a set of photo-montage pictures using the image software package Photoshop.

His exhibition is being held at the Spiral Gallery, 46 High Street, Debenham, until June 29.

It can be viewed Monday to Saturdays, from 10am to 5pm.

 

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