"V" for Victory Mansions

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    "Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

    The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran."
    George Orwell - 1984

    Actually its Embassy Court in Brighton, but the feeling on this cold grey day was depressingly similar. I could have done with the outline of an old aircraft silhouetted against the sky. more details here www.embassycourt.org/wc.htm
    Disturbingly this IS a full-colour photo!

    André Elias, stuinmcr, and 72 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. woodworker2 100 months ago | reply

      Very nicely done !

    2. archidave 100 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your kind awards guys

    3. crabchick 100 months ago | reply

      Fabulous classic shot ! It could depress me in more ways than one :) or it could spur me on to try for a more minimalist approach.

    4. archidave 100 months ago | reply

      lol. well i think in reality it is a beutiful plae if you know how to look at it.

    5. paulsimpson1976 99 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Friends of The Twentieth Century Society, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Also, there the group has a competition on at the moment of the theme of Concrete. Given the nature of your image it would be great if you entered this image into this competition. You can find more information on this competition by clicking here.

    6. CMP73 99 months ago | reply


    7. archidave 99 months ago | reply


      cheers. glad you like it

    8. BoblyP 96 months ago | reply

      I just love this brilliant photo of a beautiful building

    9. James Snodgrass 95 months ago | reply

      Amazing. I've tried dozens of times to get a shot of Embassy Court in which the lines are as a strong as this excellent shot.
      If you know the building, it isn't half as intimidating as this photograph suggests. It looks pretty habitable (well, since the recent refurbishment – it did look like a crack den for some years), even in the harsh British winter.

    10. archidave 95 months ago | reply

      you are kind. thank you

      I would love to live inhere. I think it is a fantastic place. I actually prefer this rear area to the seafront prospect i think. So glad i managed to sneek back here

    11. Greedykitty - WorkAsFun 90 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photografica, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. MVDA™ 77 months ago | reply

      great ! i love your composition !

    13. archidave 77 months ago | reply

      cheers. This place as brilliant. Rain or shine you cant help but love its slick lines

    14. anna.list 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Up!!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. Carlos ZGZ 7 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! I like this picture :)

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