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February 27, 2008
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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
Lens: --
Focal Length: 6 mm
Flash: --
Flash Mode: --
Shutter Speed: 1/900 sec.
Aperture: F/7
ISO: ISO-160
Filters: --

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.
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly, I appreciate the comment.
rockpaperlife Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Writer
This is beautiful and disturbing. Would you consider selling a hi-rez version?
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.
rockpaperlife Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Writer
it captured dystopia beautifully.
Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh yes!
arctoa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Heh; thank-you kindly.
augenweide Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
arctoa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the feature, it's appreciated.
augenweide Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome Darren...
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