Love locks

Love locks create some debate; some hate them and some love them.

The idea is to symbolise a couples eternal love. Some don’t like the idea and would argue that they find it a symbol of oppression.

My personal opinion is that these love locks are simply a modern version of carving yours and your lovers initials or name into a tree or an old park bench. Is that romantic or just a simple act of vandalism?

Some cities remove the love locks and others just leave them alone. There are arguments that they are a form of vandalism and I have read articles suggesting the extra weight causes structural problems to these fences and bridges.

I can definitely understand removing locks if they are causing damage or weakness to structures and also when they are placed on beautiful or ornate bridges but on a recent visit to Köln (Cologne) we walked across a love lock bridge that crossed The Rhine; I think they added to the aesthetics of what would be a boring mesh pale green fence.

Love locks on a pedestrian and rail bridge in Köln crossing The River Rhine.

Love locks on a pedestrian and rail bridge in Köln crossing The River Rhine.

Spotted a young couple attaching a lock as I approached.

Spotted a young couple attaching a lock as I approached.

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Young couple throwing love lock keys into The River Rhine. Cologne. November 2014.

Young couple throwing love lock keys into The River Rhine. Cologne. November 2014.

All images taken candidly at a much higher ISO than I would have preferred but using a flash would have alerted the couple that they were being photographed. I did approach them after and emailed them the images yesterday evening.

I wish them luck for their future.

Thanks for stopping.

Jim Jimmy James

2 comments

  1. I had never seen these until images began to appear on the Internet. Does it happen here too Jimmy? Seems like a nice thing to me, as long as it doesn’t cause any accidents!
    Cheers mate, Pete.

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