Location: Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Date: 02/09/2005 @ 14:35
Light Conditions: Bright/Overcast
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix A405
Focal Length: 6 mm
Flash Mode: --
Shutter Speed: 1/900 sec.
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.
Thank-you for the comment, and I'm glad that you agree with the intended atmosphere of the piece.
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.
Thank-you for that, and for the favourite-list addition. I appreciate it.
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).
Ah, yes, that's another understandable connection to make. Thank-you for your comment, and for adding this into your Favourites collection.
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.
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.
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
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.