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Valentines: Lock Heart by StressedJenny Valentines: Lock Heart by StressedJenny
My submission for Valentines this year, even though I took this photo last February, I thought they would make a lovely valentines photo, but it had past. So here it is for this year ^__^

These photo's were taken in Paris, on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre. There is a lovely tradition where lovers take a lock and attatch it to the bridge, sealing their love inside it. They throw the key into the river below so their love will never be undone. Its such a lovely idea. Such a strong symbol of affection and devotion.

Sadly I think all of these locks were removed a few months after I took this. Apparently they were an eyesore. I was rather outraged by the idea of them being removed.

There were so many, but I especially liked the ones which were customised with hearts.
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nohlja Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Writer
I'm quite certain it's because after so many, the locks add too much weight to the bridges, and it becomes an issue of safety. That's what I remember hearing a while ago when I first learned of this lovely tradition. Even if they're removed, still so much nicer than people carving their initials into poor trees! I love how you set these into white frames and kept the same lighting for each lock photo.
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xKerrBear Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww as if they removed the locks. I find it so romantic. They shouldn't remove peoples' love.
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sinigangsagabi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
well that's sad.

i wonder which couples are still together and which have gone and shared the same fates as their locks.
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brandi3981 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i could see Gilederoy lockhart doing this w/ his own reflection... he is madly in love w/ himself
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BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH!
NOW I get why there are so many padlocks on the bridge in Cologne I always pass by train. Now it all makes sense xD
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NocturnalMusician Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
as in gilderoy?
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angels-fall-down Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i did a love lock in paris for my boyfriend. We are going to do one together in london soon! i think they are very romantic hehe :D thank you for the lovely photo
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ThunderWithoutSound Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
They do the same thing in Italy to :D i think its the sweetest thing ever
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only-dancers-fly Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Writer
they do this in Lithuania! On just about every bridge, there will be HUNDREDS of locks. The man will also carry across his bride to represent his devotion and protection.

So cute. <3 ^_^
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Vinea Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
They're not removed at all. Now and then, they just suppress some of them to make sure the bridge doesn't get too heavy (and it allows new couples to put their lock too).
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