Love Locks

Love is a Padlock and a Bridge (Pont des Arts)

Paris (France). Once upon a time there were serenades and love letters. Today, there are padlocks and bridges’ fences. I don’t know honestly what brings couples to demonstrate their love each others in this bizarre way – locking a padlock to a fence. But it seems that municipalities are not accepting it, because the extra load of hundreds of locks is causing the fences’ collapse. Paris – for example – is replacing the fence of Pont des Arts with a Plexiglas panel. What will people invent? We will see…

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Love Locks (at Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor)

Paris (France). Paris is widely recognized as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and this is something of easily understandable. What I honestly still do not understand, is why people declare their love putting a lock on the railing of a bridge and throwing the key into the river

Some months ago, Pont des Artes was temporarily closed to go under maintenance and to remove tons of so called “love locks”, which were compromising the stability of railings. Now, the new place where to hang love locks is the Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor. It’s the same situation: locks sellers all along the bridge (they also offer to their customers the possibility of writing their initials with a pen) and thousands of locks all along the railings.

My question is still the same: if love ends, does one of the two come, find and remove the love lock?

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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 the 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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Melting Love Locks (Pont des Arts)

Paris (France). I just passed the Seine on Pont des Arts, the former “Love Bridge”, used by lovers to hang their locks to the railing and throw the keys into the river. The previous time I was here, the municipality of Paris was removing all the locks – I wrote a post about that event – and I was curious to see the bridge free from everything.

This is a piece of the railing: it’s funnily representing hundreds of love locks melting down. I found it quite ironic…


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