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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  Professional Interface Designer
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.
xKerrBear Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   General Artist
Aww as if they removed the locks. I find it so romantic. They shouldn't remove peoples' love.
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.
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
BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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
NocturnalMusician Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
as in gilderoy?
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
ThunderWithoutSound Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
They do the same thing in Italy to :D i think its the sweetest thing ever
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 ^_^
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).
Tsumugi-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's vandalism.
Kessima Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Digital Artist
It's tradition.
Tsumugi-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nobody told them to start a tradition on someone elses property
Kessima Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Digital Artist
The officials don't mind; they're aware of it as tradition and respect it. (Even in the places where they're removed for too much weight on the bridge)
tinkometer Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was there over spring break! Thank goodness the locks were still there, we saw hundreds! :D
Kodiackk8 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I took pictures of the same thing when i was in Prague!
goldgymnast Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
thats really cool.
titoune33 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Nice picture :) and nice idea to put together the most beautiful
DekeNicki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
That is just AMAZING!!!! @__@
NightshadeBeauty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful, and I'm sad if hey were removed...
JoakesCarnival Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I want to do this now...
This is such a beautiful idea, as well as a gorgeous photo. My boyfriend saw this picture and decided to surprise me by doing this for Valentines Day at the bridge over the waterfall where we sent quite alot of time together last summer. Thank you so much for posting this picture, without it I probably would have just gotten a teddy bear for Valentines Day xD It is a shame that they took them all down, though.
WhyWakeUp Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I was just there a couple of months ago. I believe they remove the locks simply due to the sheer volume.

Thought this may be the overly romantisized viewpoint, try and think of it as them wanting to showcase the new love while the cut locks fall into memory at the base of the river. Generations of couples progressing forward through time.
whirlwind-watch Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwh, this is just so sweet and romantic. ♥
bennetruiz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a tradition based on a book called "A Tres Metros Sobre El Cielo" ("Three Meters Above Heaven") from the italian writer Federico Moccia whose characters do the same thing. It's the same in Barcelona's and Italy's bridges =) It's very cute. Nice pics, love them.
Alyca87 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so sweet.^^
In Germany (Cologne) this tradition exists as well.^^
Nice to know there are more places with this idea.

Bridge in Cologne: [link]
revois Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw those in November..I hope they're not down.
Rina8 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I was there too, in november I think. such a lovely idea indeed!
love6 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
That's such a sweet idea! It sucks that they were removed! I don't see what harm they were doing.
MaRina731 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A really lovely idea - well, it's Paris, the City of Love, isn't it. :)
Thank you for sharing!

Gatcha Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
usually i find romantic stuff cheesy, but this is actually really sweet idea. :) too bad they removed them. >.>
truthful-lie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cute ^.^ :love:
Kenjii-Hime Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: how sweet
YourSavior1992 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
amazing! why did they remove the locks?
pinkcupcakemassacre Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
that is such a sweet idea!
great pictures. c:
VocaloidIchigo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
there's certain places where they allow the locks to remain, like 'lovelock' arizona I think, and a place in china where this tradition started. I plan on doing this when I get married. <3
aedifico Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It does sound like a wonderful idea, I hope people start doing it again. :) There should be plenty of room for new locks now!
alexinerox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
there's a tradition just like this in Italy, and there's about 1000 locks up already :)
tilwen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
what a lovely tradition! :) very symbolic. i'm sorry they were taken down, that is really typical isn't it?! :(
...did you put one up while you were there? ;)
GiveitupforBecca Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Oh wow, what at amazing idea! And such lovely shots :heart:
S31SH0 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
there is a bridge in cologne where a simliar (or even the same) tradition is held

since i'm each of the last years in cologne i always see it - well the number doesnt seem to become lower ^^
pelorin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
We have those in Poland C:
zejety Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We have a bridge like that in Cologne.
The whole thing is covered with locks!
emclaudiu Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011   Photographer
where are the keys?
fmacrusherxx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Beautiful :)
They shouldn't take them away though, that ruins it!
DarknessTare Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
What's up with true love's locks being an eyesore? I think it's a sweet idea and it would be a very different tourist attraction too :) I think removing them is a shame and mostly a mock to the couples, who've put their own special locks there o
I would be mostly delighted if something like this existed where I live :heart:
KuroChi14 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
nice concept!!!!
love it!!!!
do u have all the keys????:D
Chloe-Ginger-Nut Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh this is sooooo romantic! How dare they get rid of them! It's such a beautiful poetic idea and probably inspired many people Lovely photo too. x
KIARAsART Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
in Cologne, Germany there is a long bridge which is covered in love binding locks as well. I really liked the look of them hanging there.
hell-of-the-darkness Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011   Writer
>< What the heck is wrong with those people??? These locks could have become a big part of Paris's history, and they had to go along and ruin it!
I thought Paris was supposed to be the city of love?

But anyways, aside from the removal of the locks, it a beautiful picture and concept. Maybe I'll make my lover do this for me this Valentines. XD
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