This all started back in 2008 with tourists writing their names or initials on padlocks. They would atatch them to the bridge’s metal frame and throwing the key into the Seine. Supposedly a symbol of everlasting love which will endure until the locks were unlocked and removed. Throwing the key into the Seine would greatly reduce the chance of that happening apparently.
After years of this happening, the bridge gained 65 tons of weight that was negatively impacting the structural integrity of the span, and the Parisian authorities had to remove the locks from the bridge. It makes me wonder how many of those relationships memorialized with these simple Love Locks stayed true, or did tens of thousands of relationships end one day as the locks were cut free?
The gallery image was printed on 8×10 Polar Gloss Metallic paper and is $95 at the event.
- Title: Love Locks, Paris
- Copyright: ©2015-2020 John P. Hoke
- Camera: NIKON D610
- Focal length: 155mm
- Aperture: ƒ/13
- ISO: 3200
- Shutter speed: 2s