She Said Yes


Posted on September 20, 2012, in Architecture, Dublin, Ireland, Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 79 Comments.

  1. I hate those locks! It’s another’s city’s tradition, you can’t just supplant it here! I think they ruin the look of a beautiful landmark as well.

  2. My husband contends I waited three days to answer him (I certainly don’t remember it that way). I wonder how his scenario would have played out on the bridge!

  3. I think it’s a dandy tradition, but agree with Paul that it shouldn’t be transplanted…

  4. I LOVE your photographs! I share your passion and post some of them on: I also read about your pastry fetish and thought you might enjoy this site:

  5. cute tradition… is it just me and my inner cynic that wonders if anyone comes back and unlocks their lock if they happened to not stay together?

  6. It was transplanted to Poland as well – our bridge in Krakow isn’t nearly as picturesque, though.

    • That’s our oldest and (in my opinion) prettiest bridge across the Liffey. Don’t think it’s much of a declaration of love myself, a bit more imagination would be nice!

    • Actually, I think that when it comes to Poland, there is a bridge like this in WrocΕ‚aw, too. And I thought it was the first one. And the only one in Poland, also. Well:) I’ve been to Dublin twice, but I don’t remember seeing that bridge though! Time for a 3rd visit!

  7. This is interesting… I haven’t seen something like that before… You did a great set and shots… Reminded me Trevi Fountain,in Rome. These are at the end a kind of touristic places and make them much more interesting. But locks or coins, etc. not for me πŸ™‚ Thank you dear Conor, I think I am so romantic one… πŸ™‚ Have a nice weekend, love, nia

  8. A lock is not a very romantic metaphor for marriage; you might as well use a ball and chain!
    Conor, what plugin/filter did you use to post-process these shots (don’t tell me it was Instagram alone!).
    Or is that like asking a chef his secret recipe?

    I think they look great anyway!

    • I don’t use instagram James, unless I took the photos on my phone and even then not always.
      No plug-in or filter either. I just adjusted the levels on some of them (contrast, brightness, saturation) and then obviously I desaturated a couple completely, bar the red in them. Just said I’d like to try that one out.
      Thanks very much! Looking forward to getting some O’Connor family snaps πŸ™‚

      • Hi Conor. I’ve often messed with hue/saturation/brightness, they never came out looking that good though πŸ™‚ Mostly it was to reveal hidden detail in poorly taken shots.
        I’m glad to hear Instagram has taken a back seat. I hate them ever since they made millions doing easy stuff (because I didn’t think of doing it first πŸ˜‰ ).

        We’d be very grateful for you services… See you soon!

      • Well editing also depends a lot on what you start with! I know what you mean about the simple idea, but you have loads of good ones, so someday I’m sure we’ll all hate you too πŸ™‚ See you soon!

  9. Some really nice compositions in this collection.

  10. Your photography IN THIS POST has just set the bar a little higher and I know you’ll go even higher than the bar you’ve just set for yourself… they’re all amazing…

    ps. clever title….

  11. What a lovely set of images. I like how you saturated the colors to focus our attention.
    Rather beastly metaphor for marriage/love though… πŸ™‚

  12. Your photographs are stunning. A new fan!

  13. if SHE SAID YES, then who am I to say NO to give you this award
    Yes, I admit, I am addicted to your blog…

  14. Great shots. When did the lock tradition start on that bridge?

    • I’m not sure, during the last couple of years I think. The photos sparked a debate about them on my Facebook page and I learned there that it started in Rome because of a book and caused serious problems with a bridge there. This is a bridge in Paris:

      Dublin City Council remove locks from the Ha’penny Bridge I photographed every now and again to keep it under control. It’s not good for the bridge by all accounts, even leaving simple aesthetics aside.

  15. Thanks for showing me this interesting place Conor! Great photos!

  16. I love the deep and bright colors!

  17. These are amazing shots. The colours are all mixed up… which creates a lovely effect!

  18. great post Connnor, loving the photos πŸ˜€

  19. The photos are great! Really great composition and I love what you’ve done with the colours!

    I have to say though that I don’t like this new tradition of putting locks on the Hapenny Bridge. I think the bridge looks more romantic without them!

  20. Absolutely stunning pictures…I always enjoy seeing a new post with new pictures, it brings bits of Ireland over to me here in the U.S. until my son and I can make my way over there one day!! Thank you!

  21. what a sweet tradition captured with exceptional images… made me smile πŸ™‚

  22. I have to say that the locks are fantastic…And Conor, your photographs are excellent…as for the locks, I am sure that seeing them daily to most would become a sight for sore eyes but for me I come from a very small city that has very little creativity…Bev

    • Thanks so much Beverly. Most people who have asked me about them have said they never really noticed them. And your city has you so it’s not doing too bad πŸ™‚

      • Your welcome Conor…As for the city having me, I’m not so sure they like having me around when I speak out about change for the better…We lack the culture of art here so badily…And, well pretty flowers and great trees are wonderful to look at, but my mind becomes a bit saddens by other lacks of…Anyways, I am sure a bending of your mind about the our city you can do without…Smiles you…Bev

  23. I am such a fan of you.

  24. I have no words to describe your work… Beyond breathtaking can come close. Wow.

  25. I love the look of those black and white photos with just one element done in colour – they really pop! Especially when the colour is red and the bits you highlight are love-related … they look like they could be valentine’s greeting cards! So pretty!

  26. Really nice photos. We have something similar in Sydney . Have a look.. πŸ™‚

  27. The Wedding Lock Bridge. Nice. As usual the black&white color contrast is stunning! Cheers!

  28. In my “hometown” Cologne, there are more than 3000 locks at the Hohenzollern bridge by now!
    The mesh on either side is very suitable for putting locks. Its been therefore growing for years (in 2009 there were only 300) and they might even have to improve the loadbearing structure to carry all that extra weight if it continues growing.. I wouldn’t wonder if there were bridge lock tourists who go to all the famous bridges to make sure their love lasts forever. πŸ™‚

  29. Nice images, there is a suggestion this started in Italy.
    I’m not a fan of instagram either.

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