03 May 2012

Nineteen Eighty-Four


The former Deutsche Post - office block.
Hamburg, Germany.
May 2012.




I guess there's no one in England who wasn't assigned to read George Orwell's dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" in school. Truth be told, I didn't get anything out of it, and neither did the film appeal to me. There's no writer whose novels or short stories have impressed me as much as those penned by Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee, and Cormac McCarthy.
Anyway, in "1984", there are these four ministries that govern Oceania and which rise above the London skyline. Oceania is composed of Great Britain and Ireland, Iceland and Greenland, the Americas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as well as the majority of the Pacific Islands. 
Even though the building in the above picture isn't nearly as high as the ministries, it looks very much like I pictured them.

11 comments:

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Superb perspective Dominic...

Dominic Doherty said...

Thank you Siddhartha!

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Wundervolle Aufnahme!
Das Buch haben wir (leider) nicht gelesen..
Schönes Wochenende
Yvonne & Raphael

Dominic Doherty said...

Danke sehr! Euch auch ein schönes Wochenende!

Halcyon said...

Those of us that grew up on the other side of the pond had to read it too. I must admit, I thought it was one of the better books we were assigned to read. At least it wasn't too boring! :)

PS: Thank you for all your kind comments on my travel blog. I really appreciate it.

Dominic Doherty said...

I'm surprised... I thought you'd read mostly American literature. I wouldn't have minded if we had. I love English poetry, but almost all of my favourite novels were written by Americans.

You're welcome! At the moment, I'm not able to travel as much as I would like to, because I'm both studying and working, but once I've got my degree, I hope that'll change... You really do travel a lot!

JM said...

Wonderfully composed shot! You've chosen a perspective that I believe does justice to the architecture.

Dominic Doherty said...

Thank you! I've taken pictures of this building before but wasn't satisfied with most of them. Some buildings are so easy to capture in a single picture... others aren't. I'm glad you like this photo.

Anonymous said...

Straight to the point and well written! Why can't everyone else be like this?

AB said...

A good menacing shot. The path leading us in to the dark, foreboding, anonymous building.

Dominic Doherty said...

Thanks! Glad you like this picture. Good description too.