Game Over (Love Locks Removal at Pont des Arts)

by Bernardo Ricci Armani June 2, 2015 2 comments

Paris (France). I’m not a photojournalist (I barely consider my self even a photographer!), but yesterday I was walking by chance close to Pont des Arts in Paris, and I remembered what I had read on newspapers the day before: a team of maintainers was there to remove thousands and thousands of padlocks – so called “love locks” – which were locked at the bridge’s railing by lovers from all around the world, putting their initials on the lock itself, and throwing the keys down into the Seine river.

Being there in the middle of a large group of photographers (professional ones) and video-makers was very exciting, and moved by enthusiasm of being in┬áthe right place at the right time, I took several photos. This first one published here is probably the most “symbolic”, with a last couple of lovers on the bench watching sadly all those love locks – probably included theirs – removed from Pont des Arts’ railing. Other photos complete the gallery.

 

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