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Love Padlocks - Cologne - 2



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I visited Cologne a few days ago. It's such a great and dynamic city with lovers all around!

Love padlocks are a custom by which sweethearts affix padlocks to a fence or similar public fixture to symbolise their love. Since 2008, love locks have started appearing on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. The bridge is 409.19 meters long and is full of these locks between the sidewalk and the tracks. Usually, the loving couple throws the key in the river below... Deutsche Bahn, the bridge's operator, threatened to have the locks removed, but relented in the face of public opposition.

The bridge is a huge construction but these locks give it such a romantic dimension... I'll soon post a big panoramic view showing all the city from a high skyscraper...

The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX10

For more information about my artwork:

Close up on some of these locks:

My 360 degrees panorama of Cologne:

Some of my other images on the love theme:

Padlock Sing a Long Song

A poem by Katie Gabrielle

Love locks me
And I'm blind
So be gentle
Please be kind

Place this lock upon
The fence
Do it quickly
Don't be dense!

Sing a padlock
Lull a bye
Stay you with me
No Goodbye

Lock me tightly
On the nearest fence
Walk away
It makes no sense

Hum the padlock
Lull a bye
Sing it softly
No goodbye

Smile and think
about the many
Who forgot to lock me
And don't get any

Want to wonder why I stay
Instead of throwing me away
I'm made of metal and a key
But I'm a singer!

I am me!
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Moonlit-Carnival's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

at first glance, you don't get the true power of the image, at first you think by looking at the thumbnail of the picture, that it's something that some weird artist put together, and said "oh this is art" but then you see the true nature of the picture, and it stuns you, such a heart warming image, your mind shoots to how many couples have walked up to that fence, and affixed a padlock to symbolize their love. it's a powerful image, and it really does make you sit and look at it for a long time. the shot itself is great as well, the length of the image, gives you the full spectrum of the amount of locks that have been placed, as well as what the town is itself, it's not a barren area, people still move around there.
wonderful image. keep them comin.