This shot was made in Boninovo, on Ulica branitelja Dubrovnika, on the way down to the old city of Dubrovnik. Am I right in thinking that this placing of love-locks is a relatively new habit? It's certainly quirky and romantic. But putting love-locks here may be an attempt to belie the place's older and grimmer reputation: apparently it was a favourite suicide leap, which is probably why the fence is now in place...
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holmertz (59812) 2014-01-15 3:02
I think this is a fairly recent habit but it seems to have spread rapidly. I have seen this in many places and tried to take some photos but never managed any good ones. I think the grey sky benefitted this composition, also the diagonal pattern of the fence and that they padlocks are sonicely spread out, not clustered together. This is a nice and decorative view and a successful composition.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-15 3:46
Hello Will - This new 'love-lock' craze has not yet reached Namibia but I did see a few padlocks on the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin where, apparently, the council remove them at regular intervals. Not as romantic as carving one's expression of love into a tree trunk perhaps but better for the tree! I like the way the locks are peppered across this shot creating a random pattern on the diamonds of the fence. The softly rendered backcloth gives the image context. Nicely done. Which padlock is yours? .... I'm guessing the lurid green one. Warm regards Rosemary
parvatibb (1387) 2014-01-15 10:36
Yesterday I also summit a photo from Ljubljana related with love-locks. Before Ljubljana I did not notice them not when I was in Dubrovnik either. It is also sad that people use this great view as suicide point.Hope the fence will help.
gildasjan (43824) 2014-01-15 11:11
Très bien vue cette image originale avec la netteté là où il le faut.Très jolis ces "cadenas de l'amour".
Waylim (25436) 2014-01-15 13:47
At first it was kind of cool to see such gesture of love and romantic dedication. However, I now see them in many places and they started to rusted away and begin to interfere with nature. If people can get a divorse, what are these little locks will do to keep people together. Well at least they have good intension in the heat of the moment :) Anyway, I love the blue one with a combination. Just remeber it, you can still undo it :)
tyro (26142) 2014-01-15 15:11
I'm not sure how new this craze is but I do know that my youngest daughter and her boyfriend (now her husband) were engaged in Rome about four years ago and clamped a padlock to a bridge there. Although I've not informed her (though she may now know) the authorities in Rome had a scourge recently and cut them all off.
A very fine photograph which not only clearly shows the details of the locks but also gives a very good indication of the location with the nicely out of focus background. Good exposure with fine light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (33732) 2014-01-16 6:48
Wow, your note is a contrast to the title and the image! Certainly, a more beautiful image to consider the love locks that this being a place for ending ones life.
Its a fantastic image, the depth of field you chose is wonderful, creating a backdrop like a classical painting while the locks are in perfect clarity, and we can see all the details of the various shapes and sizes, and the initials carved into them.
The whole concept of love locks is a new one to me, and it seems to be getting more popular. the Ha'penny bridge in central Dublin sees them being attached and building up quite quickly, but the local city council removes them regularly and disposes of them for health and safety reasons (so they say). I reckon they are just kill joys!
A fascinating picture of the practice, even though the fence is perfectly visible, it still seems almost as if the locks are hovering in mid air. Cool shot!
dekanski (6122) 2014-01-16 8:23
kasianowak (10621) 2014-01-26 5:37
Unusual take on this popular location and well-spotted photo opportunity in spite of what looks like a rather cloudy and dark day. The padlocks create much welcome eye-catching splashes of colour.
I first saw love-locks in 2008 in Riga but don't know how long they had been there.
Have a nice Sunday
adores (46419) 2014-02-07 16:37
At least one was made in China:)! I guess there's at least one place in Portugal where people are starting to do this. I like it and here you got a good shot, with very good focus. I like the background and the atmosphere given by the cloudy sky. Somehow, I guess it's even better without sun.
emka (107925) 2014-02-16 13:45
Hi Will, I haven't seen this photo. Here it is not so bad, it looks just ordinary fence, not much harm. But where they throw the keys? I saw it first time in China in 2006 and that time I read it began in Budapest around 2000. But now they write something else and it is really crazy. It would be fun to know how many loves survived the time, even one year. And the padlocks are rather cheap. But the shot is nice and funny.
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- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (11918)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-15 2:19