Happy St Valentine Day!
I do not like St. Valentine Day as in Poland it is a commercial and not in our tradition. And I do not like these love padlocks, I think it is stupid and often vandalism. So why I post this photo, you can ask?
First, there are some people who like both these things, second, almost all my photos from Helsinki are rather gloomy because of the weather and here this red ship have some colour.
I wonder if anyone of TE-members have put such a padlock somewhere and threw the keys away.
You probably know about these padlocks, but here a sad love story from Wiki:
A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are often treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and are costly to remove. There are varied explanations for the origin of love padlocks. In Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations, and in many instances are unsourced. However, in Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the 1992 book Three meters above the sky by Italian author Federico Moccia, who later made it into the film-adaptation Tre metri sopra il cielo.
Similarly, an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love—now named after the love padlocks) in Serbia exists, where they can be traced to even before World War II. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died due to heartbreak from her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.
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jjcordier (78330) 2014-02-14 2:12
Tu as choisi le bon jour pour poster cette photo! Cette coutume des cadenas se répand vraiment partout....même un peu trop à mon goût! les amoureux auront intérêt à se serrer de près, il n'a pas l'air de faire chaud là bas!
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-14 2:13
Yes, the locks are haphazard, and lack symmetry. And the superstition is somewhat baseless.
But the rest of the picture dazzles, especially the ship.
holmertz (43619) 2014-02-14 2:17
These love locks create a very nice foreground. They look like a carefully composed installation by a well established artist. Probably it's the grey, icy background that creates this nice effect. The grey day also gave you very fine and mild colours generally. The red boat certainly catches my attention by I also like the tall yellow building behind it and the view along the street going up the hill.
PS I have now started preparing my visit to Poland by ordering a guide book from an internet shop. That is the first step.
mirosu (15126) 2014-02-14 2:51
Beautiful winter photo from Helsinki. Excellent composition with the ship behind the colourful railing. I like the soft light and nicely balanced colors (sometime ago I posted photo from this place with the ship caught in the ice).
Happy Valentine's Day to you.
Wish you a nice, relaxing weekend.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-14 3:06
Almost a high key shot, I like the mood here
Grayness all over the place, pale colors with just a few of red on the boat and the locks at FG
Not really the kind of place to feel groovy
Excellent rendition of the ambience
best regards, have a nice WE
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-02-14 3:11
czyli jednak Finlandia nie jest cala biala w zimie :-) Te roznobarwne klodki stanowia naprawde mile urozmaicenie i ladny kontrast wobec calego pokrytego sniegiem krajobrazu. Czerwona lodka ciekawie koresponduje z kolorowym piewrszym planem.
Ladne ujecie i jakze pasujace do dzisiejszego dnia :-)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-14 3:14
love this shot. Appropriate image for today and in this amazing setting all the more wonderful. Looks cold Malgo but also romantically snowy too! Execution and presentation just perfect.
Enjoy your weekend - B.
notrap (5955) 2014-02-14 3:40
I share your thoughts about valentines day and the locks, I even read some time ago, that small bridges are in danger because of the weight of the love locks. I don´t know wether that is true.
Your Helsinki looks so strange to me!
snunney (88246) 2014-02-14 4:49
My sentiments regarding Saint Valentine's and love padlocks are entirely with you. However, they do make an interesting and unusual frame for this snowy scene. The red boat is a definite bonus enlivening the scene no end. The image is well exposed despite all that snow and has very good sharpness. Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (65111) 2014-02-14 4:50
C'est vendredi, ce doit être la Finlande. Tu voyages beaucoup ces deux dernières années. Tu as presque fait le tour du monde. Très impressionnant.
Une photo typique d'hiver. On sent le froid dans toutes les fibres de notre peau.
Noel_Byrne (26543) 2014-02-14 5:19
I know these love locks seem to be a phenomenon in many places now, but I cannot think of many places where it would look as magical as it does here. The variety of teh colors in the locks are amazing, and especially so in contrast against the stark white snow of the backdrop. You show nicely here that love can flourish in even the coldest of places! Excellent post for Valentines day.
have a great weekend
saxo042 (37602) 2014-02-14 7:06
A very fine picture with very icy and cold colours. But the red boat adds a lot of warmth to the scene, as do all those padlocks. Winter in Finland in obviously much colder than winter here on our west coast.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-14 8:56
la presenza della neve ha reso delicati i colori di questa visione portuale della città finlandese, aggiungendo ulteriore fascino alla scena.
Assai curata anche la composizione con la presenza in primo piano della cancellata assai variopinta.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
baclama (18385) 2014-02-14 9:13
je ne savais pas que c'etait toi sous ce pseudo....
j'aime ces couleurs sur le fond tout enneigé de cette belle capitale d'Europe du Nord....
le ciel a l'air bien trop couvert pour voir une aurore....
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-14 9:39
I really appreciate the frankness of your comment. And I really like your photo. The composition is so fine, and you use the cream colour of the building and the red of the ship to pull out the colours of the locks so effectively - that's great!
Have a nice weekend,
danos (89609) 2014-02-14 10:01
nice the Wintry scenery with lot of couples in love to lock their padlock on the rails for their everlasting love.The red anchored boat contrast perfect with the snowy environment making the scne very effective.Well done.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-14 10:15
A bit of a rant hey?
As you say it adds colour, fantastic winter scene in Helsinki, love the boat in amongst the streets and flats it seems.
I take you did not receive any roses?
Take care we have gales and rain Whoopi.
bukitgolfb301 (37300) 2014-02-14 12:21
Hi dear Malgo
Again I admire your power and enrgy at all.
This time for Finland, Ohhhhh my god!
So fantatsic white & snow world indeed, red ship is very good accent in this perfect composition shot.
All the best and have a good night! TAKERO
carlo62 (37153) 2014-02-14 13:52
quei lucchetti li ho messi tutti io, sono tutte le amanti che ho avuto a Helsinki :)))))
Le chiavi però le conservo tutte, meglio non gettarle, possono servire....
Mi stavo domandando come facciano con tutto questo freddo, l'ho scoperto dalla tua foto, si scaldano al fuoco dell'amore, considerando il numero dei lucchetti, devono essere tutti innamorati.
Buon we (qui oggi 18 gradi)
mesutilgim (88122) 2014-02-14 23:45
This is something what we do not have here in Turkey !
Maybe I'll introduce it and make Money with selling thousands of locks.
Anyhow very interesting entry for this very unique event.
TFS and have a nice weekend
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-02-15 0:05
Hello Malgo - You do sound like a cynic! However, I too find that the commercialism of St Valentine's Day and many other days we commemorate unpalatable. I remember as a young girl, I lived in dread that I wouldn't get a Valentine's Day card ... counting how many one received was a big deal amongst teenage girls. As to Love Locks, I think they are a better option than carving hearts in trees. They can be removed, scars on trees cannot.
Anyway enough of that. I like this very much. I think it is the overall light whiteness of the shot contrasted with the colours that appeals to me. A well seem and fascinating image. Warm regards Rosemary
SWEETFREEDOM (23236) 2014-02-15 0:23
the locks in fg contrast very well with the with landscape in bg.
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-02-15 1:11
a wiec tu jest ta zima,a umnie zakwitly krokusy i ma byc dzisiaj +17,pozdrawiam
photoray (13160) 2014-02-15 8:57
Attractive contrast between the multi-colored padlocks and the wintery background, white snow everywhere, red boat anchored, and distant street fading afar.
In my youth I tried to attract females on Valentine's Day with 'dinner out' and a movie or concert. Now I cook dinner and get the largest bouquet of fresh flowers possible. And never thought of the padlock on the bridge approach. Perhaps the "key" is to figure-out what turns the woman on and just do it?
Have a fine weekend,
ChrisJ (102685) 2014-02-15 18:50
I've seen these padlocks at many mountaintop temples and shrines in China and someone posted a shot from Paris recently too also depicted the padlocks as an analogy of endless unbroken love. Good sharpness and the color stands out well against the white of the snow. Tfs!
willperrett (7786) 2014-02-16 12:22
This craze seems to have spread like wildfire. I think I share your concern that it is too close to vandalism to be acceptable, but suddenly it's everywhere. I saw the same in Dubrovnik!
batalay (36439) 2014-02-16 14:36
Hello dear Malgorzata,
I like this photo very much because of the brilliantly colored padlocks and red boat against a natural white background. Your note too is engaging as always, but I personally have no real feelings about St. Valentine's Day, pro or con.
Regarding the palm trees and sand in my photo of Easter Island. As I understand from Craig, they were imported by the Spaniards. Because of rough seas, the tenders from the Symphony were not allowed to off-load passengers at the traditional side. The ship was moved to the opposite end of the island. That's where we encountered the Moai amidst the palms.
Warm regards, Malgo,
macjake (59902) 2014-02-25 0:31
yes.....nice to see some colors in your Helsinki photos :)
Sorry to hear its from a subject you yourself dont enjoy, but i'm glad that you posted it.
Very interesting story in your note too, i'll never forget that and i'll think of it everytime i see these love locks around the world.
The frozen Marina is actually very attractive, its what captured my attention at first glance when i viewed the photo. And the light is nice too, good exposure.
See you around