Love-Padlocks on Millennium Bridge
One of my favourite modern phenomena are the Little “Love-Padlocks” that we observant types have noticed springing up on bridges and fences around the world – Symbols of Love and affection, of the unspoken strength of a bond between two people… they make a pretty picture too.
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Aristotle
How very cool! Perhaps I’ll start that where I live (since I know I haven’t seen any locally). 😉 As always, wonderful image Martina!
It’s an interesting little ritual. Something like “love graffiti” encased in metal.
I like your photo. The DOF is very nice.
My goodness, I love the way the Fuji X100 looks and that photo is great, I’m looking to pick up either an X-E1 or an X-100, the question is EVF vs OVF?
I can highly recommend the x100 – despite having access to all manner of high end dslr’s I still find myself reaching for the Fuji more often than not.
It’s a camera that takes some getting used to, to be sure, and I definitely had some buyers remorse for about 24 hrs. But once I “Got it” i haven’t looked back. The output is wonderful, it’s perhaps the only camera I’ve ever used that I would honestly consider using jpgs straight from the camera – they have a wonderful film-like quality.
I’m currently eyeing up the x-pro1 in preference to the x-e1 purely because of the ovf. I find that I hardly use the electronic view finder on the x100.
The only downside to the camera is that, despite being wonderfully discreet – once people spot you with it, be prepared for “camera-talk.” My 2nd used it at a wedding we shot recently and almost spent more time fending of questions that shooting pictures!
Excellent composition ! I love it very much
So beautiful colors & nice depth
ExP has gottan me so hooked on your blog. I figured I would ask this in your recent post, but how did you develop your style of photography? You have a very distinct style, and I would like to work on mine too.
Hi Emily, Thanks so much for your comments! I’m glad you found my blog.
I’m not too sure exactly how my style, such as it is, evolved- I suppose I would say I’m still evolving, changing and learning. I try not to ape other peoples styles, but I definitely allow my strongest influences, my heroes, to “colour” my work.
I fell in love with photography when I first saw the work of William Eggleston, I still regularly pull out my Eggleston books and marvel at how effortlessly he captures “the moment.”
I’d kill to have William Klein’s street sensibilities (and talent!), and spend a lot of time looking at his work.
Bas Jan Ader is an artist I greatly admire, who regularly incorporated photography into his work. I love the startling honesty of his photos, and the mystery of his life.
All of that and more go into my personal melting pot, and even if it’s not obvious in the slightest – influence my style.
As far as your own style goes – I’ve seen your blog and you don’t have any worries! You’re well on the way to establishing your own! I can’t wait to see more of your work.
a romantic interpretation, beautiful light
It just amazing how so little depth can bring so much to an image, wonderful work.
The DOF works fantastic for this photo Martina!!! The colors realy pop out against the background!! Well seen and captured!! In Italy i saw the same scene on a bridge….i like the idea 😉
Who would have thought a bunch of padlocks would make such a nice subject? Of course, that amazing depth of field is what makes the image. Nice work!
Martina, I love your choice of photographic subject here. Wonderfully photographed with excellent use of a very shallow DOF. The background and it’s lighting contributes as well.
I like the symbology of the padlocks in they normally come with two keys representing two people who through mutual consent and love keep this symbol locked securely. It’s through open trust and freedom of choice, each have a key, which keeps it strong.
Love the engraved heart. Really beautiful shot.
such a pretty composition
So well seen, Martina! I love the little colour highlights of the locks.
I see from above comments and replies that you took this with your Fuji. I have been very interested in that camera and the newer interchangeable lens models that you mention, but have presumed that the autofocus would be too slow for street photography. I would love to have your opinion on that aspect of the X100.
Thank you very much for your nice comments. The X100 is definitely no speed-demon compared to a DSLR and it also requires a kind of thoughtfulness when using it for street photography. You have to be patient and anticipate movement a bit more than with a snappier camera. Once you get used to it I think it’s a real photographers camera, allowing to you to disappear into the background which along with the superb image quality outweighs any reservations I’ve ever had with the auto focus.
I’ve missed one or two shots, but captured far more that I couldn’t have taken with a more conspicuous, intrusive camera.
It’s always a pleasure to comment on your posts, Martina. Thanks for your reply here. I’m glad that the Fuji has worked out so well for you. I will keep thinking about it, and the other Fuji models on off for the moment. All the best…
I like the Bokeh on this picture. 🙂 Well done Maam.
I’ve heard of similar rituals throughout the world. Love the soft bokeh.
Thank you to your photo sharing throughout the year.
Thank you for your visits and your comments that nourish us and encourage us.
And I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family, full of small and simple pleasures… and beautiful photos for this new year.
Take care, Martina.
a nicely focused and cool find …!
I like the composition, the DoF and the light. Good shot!
Great DOF and tones !
Perfect shot, the lines, colours, the depth of field is just spot on. These padlock always remind me of Paris where I saw this sign of love for the first time back in 99-00.