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Miniluv by arctoa Miniluv by arctoa
Updated 27/02/2008 @ 18:40


Location: Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Date: 02/09/2005 @ 14:35
Light Conditions: Bright/Overcast

Camera: FujiFilm FinePix A405
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Focal Length: 6 mm
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Shutter Speed: 1/900 sec.
Aperture: F/7
ISO: ISO-160
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Post-work: Crop / Levels / monochrome / Colour Balance
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The Ministry of Love (or Miniluv in Newspeak) is one of the four ministries that govern Oceania in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The purpose of the Ministry of Love is to enforce loyalty and love of Big Brother through fear, torture, and brainwashing. The Ministry of Love building has no windows and is surrounded by barbed wire entanglements, steel doors, hidden machine gun nests and armed guards.

Another recycled piece that has been pulled from the shelf and dusted down. From now there'll be a selection of new and recent pieces, but for now here is the last of the re-releases. The following words were posted with the original version of this piece, and I re-post them unchanged from those sentences.

Welcome to the asylum. Sure, so I'm speaking of incerceration but this can be taken in a much wider focus; most people are slaves to something, trapped within confines; be they physical or emotional matters not, the results are the same.

This... this is just another foray into a dystopian future that's not so far from being conceivable.

This building is actually a modern art gallery these days, but its original function was as a flour mill, built way back when. It's located right next to the river Tyne, on the Gateshead (south) side.
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Fassod Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent concept and execution.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly, I appreciate the comment.
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rockpaperlife Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Writer
This is beautiful and disturbing. Would you consider selling a hi-rez version?
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arctoa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the comment and interest in my work, it's appreciated. However, this particular image was shot with an awful point-and-shoot camera so the resolution of the image is nowhere near good enough to be of print standard! Perhaps one day I'll return with my SLR and attempt to re-create the shot, but I think that part of the appeal of this piece is the imperfection of texture and form that comes from using such poor tools to create it.
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rockpaperlife Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Writer
it captured dystopia beautifully.
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Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh yes!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh; thank-you kindly.
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augenweide Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the feature, it's appreciated.
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:iconaugenweide:
augenweide Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome Darren...
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Ekonk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Powerful and sinister, as it should be.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the comment, and I'm glad that you agree with the intended atmosphere of the piece.
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aobaob Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Truly stunning, mysterious photo!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you, glad you think so.
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aobaob Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
;)
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daYavuz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured [link] :w00t:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, it's appreciated.
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daYavuz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. :)
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Tom-Ripley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008   Photographer
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for the feature in your journal, I appreciate it.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is horrifying on pretty much every level I can access. Good job, D - you've got something powerful here.

It's reminding me of Casshern: Robot Hunter [link] just in terms of crushing, crushing horror and despair. (it's a good movie. if you can, get your hands on it. it's just... a setting that i'd rather kill myself than live in.)
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Student Photographer
I'll check it out, it certainly looks interesting. I hope that whatever I find has subtitles, though. Hah.

Anyway, thank-you for adding this to your favourites; I'm glad that the more malevolent aspect of the piece came through. It's a pretty foreboding building in certain lights.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, sorry about that - it was late and it was the first result on Youtube x3. It's a... well. An experience. Best seen with friends, just so you can trade "WTF" reactions at the end. Also, it's really sort of depressing. And horrifying. Yeah. There are robots and they blow up, though.

You're welcome. I appreciate being grabbed through the screen emotionally - skillz, man, skillz.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Student Photographer
:iconohjoyplz:

!!i has teh
leet skilz?
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No, D.

No.
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Sortvind Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
love the contrast and toning in your work!
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, and for placing this into your favourites. I appreciate it.
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Mymosa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, and for the favourite-list addition. I appreciate it.
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Mymosa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
No problem, you are welcome ! :hug:
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paintspills Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008   Photographer
definitely reminded me of 1984.
yes, the ministry of love, without it's windows.
it just has this dark and gloomy mood, plus the angle that you took it in completes the piece.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, and for adding this into your Favourites collection: I appreciate it. :)
I'm glad that the essence of the concept came across (and that people pick up on the reference, heh).
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AgenttSmith Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Great work. It reminds me of Citizen Kane movie for some reason.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Student Photographer
Ah, yes, that's another understandable connection to make. Thank-you for your comment, and for adding this into your Favourites collection.
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Ligacheva Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Which side did you shoot this from? Trying to figure it out. I'm guessing this was shot looking upwards though. It's an interesting crop on it, nice work.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Student Photographer
If I remember rightly it's the side that faces the Tyne, just beyond the little bit that sticks out that you have to walk under. It was a productive session, that day: pretty-much all my Newcastle city shots were taken within two hours of each other. I should go back in there with my SLR and see what difference three years makes.

Cheers for the comment.
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Ligacheva Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
It will probably make a lot of difference. Never looked up on the north side of the building where you took this, perhaps I should do more often.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Student Photographer
I think there are huge banners there now, but they might still make for some interesting perspective shots. At the time, though, there was an expanse of clear wall and it was kind-of foreboding to look up at. You should get yourself down there at some point, aye. It seemed like the back of the building seemed interesting too, although there was a pesky fence in the way.
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Ligacheva Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Was down there just under 2 weeks ago, will be going back towards the end of march though.
I really should just forget how I've seen it and try and look at it from an entirely fresh perspective.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Student Photographer
Sounds like a plan. ;)
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Iinventedthenight Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008   Photographer
I love the pic and the dark feel to it. great photo!
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, and for adding this to your Favourites collection: I appreciate it.
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NO46574 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
WOW!!!!excellent shot
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, I appreciate it.
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limnides Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008   Artist
I don't think you could have possibly picked a more fitting title for this piece. The looming angle and the crisp contrast really give it a very sterile, anti-utopian atmosphere.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Student Photographer
I remember trying to think of a title for the original piece for some time before coming up with what I did, whereas it popped straight into my head this time around. The titles that appear straight away are usually the best ones, I think. It's good that you think it is appropriate. :B
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MatchstickART Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
I like this, it has a creepy, dark feel to it. Nicely done.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, it's appreciated.
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Beowolfe03 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
That's quite frightening. It really does look like some kind of dystopian monolith. You have to wonder what people were thinking when they originally built that. It gives me the willies.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Student Photographer
Yeah, before it was converted into the art gallery that it is now it was a fairly alarming building sat next to the river. Even now it's kind-of sinister in certain lights, as I think this image shows. It was what first popped into my head when I viewed it on my computer. I'm glad the effect comes across, anyway.
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