Posted by Conor Cullen
Posted on September 20, 2012, in Architecture, Dublin, Ireland, Photography and tagged design, Dublin, Hapenny Bridge, Locks, relationships, Temple Bar. Bookmark the permalink. 79 Comments.
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.
This post is not an endorsement you know, I merely try to document 🙂 The bridge needs a good lick of paint as well. You work in the right place to get these things done!
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!
Ha! Not well I imagine. “Eventually” is a hard word to fit on a lock. And if your husband says three days I’m inclined to side with him as he fretted/sweated every minute of it no doubt 🙂
ROFLLLLLL!!!!! I think you just made a lifelong friend in my husband! xoM
I think it’s a dandy tradition, but agree with Paul that it shouldn’t be transplanted…
We used to be more romantic around here, words (poems, songs etc) not locks 🙂
I LOVE your photographs! I share your passion and post some of them on: http://dreamingoftahoe.wordpress.com/ I also read about your pastry fetish and thought you might enjoy this site: http://goodheavensbaking.com/blog/category/cookbooks/good-to-the-grain/
Thanks very much. For the kind words and the links! Some good recipes there. Think I’m going to try make banana bread for the first time this weekend 🙂 Not a pastry, but tasty!
Anytime… It’s always refreshing viewing a new photographic perspective on life! I look forward to following your blog!
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?
Now capturing that moment would be a good photo!
LOL.. a series.. someone searching for the lock.. unlocking the lock.. looking hard at the lock.. then probably chucking the lock into the river and jumping for joy… ok my inner cynic has gotten out of control for today..
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 Wrocław, 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!
Really nice work
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 🙂 Thank you dear Conor, I think I am so romantic one… 🙂 Have a nice weekend, love, nia
Thanks Nia! They are not for me either, but I thought they made an interesting subject. Have a great weekend!
Exactly, otherwise what means to take pictures… You did great. You are wlecome and Thanks, love, nia
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 🙂
Hi Conor. I’ve often messed with hue/saturation/brightness, they never came out looking that good though 🙂 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 😉 ).
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 🙂 See you soon!
Some really nice compositions in this collection.
Thanks very much!
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….
Thanks so much, but the pressure, the pressure… 🙂
What a lovely set of images. I like how you saturated the colors to focus our attention.
Rather beastly metaphor for marriage/love though… 🙂
Ha! Thanks Dawn. As James pointed out in the comments above, it may as well be a ball and chain!
Your photographs are stunning. A new fan!
Thanks so much Amy.
if SHE SAID YES, then who am I to say NO to give you this award http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/addiction-awarded/
Yes, I admit, I am addicted to your blog…
Ha! Thanks a million, that’s as nice for me to hear as I’m sure it is worrying for you to say 🙂
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.
Thanks for showing me this interesting place Conor! Great photos!
I love the deep and bright colors!
Thank you, I’m glad to hear it!
These are amazing shots. The colours are all mixed up… which creates a lovely effect!
Thanks Daphnée, I wasn’t sure if mixing them up like that would work or not. Glad you like them!
great post Connnor, loving the photos 😀
Thanks a million Ben!
no problem…just read your bio, love it 😀
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!
Thanks for your great feedback and I agree completely about the locks. I’d take them all off and give the bridge a brand new coat of white paint 🙂
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!
Thanks so much Nicole! I hope to keep giving your previews until you make it over here 🙂
what a sweet tradition captured with exceptional images… made me smile 🙂
Think I have said this on here before Jen, but there is definitely no better feedback than a smile 🙂 Thanks so much.
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 🙂
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
One word :Wauw!
I am such a fan of you.
Thanks Kristen. I could feel the grass between my toes just now when I was “Amongst The Green”. Beautiful work.
I have no words to describe your work… Beyond breathtaking can come close. Wow.
You are too kind! Thanks so much Saajida.
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!
Now there’s an idea 🙂 Thanks very much!
Thanks so much! Although, I’m not entirely happy with you… Your blog has made me really hungry! 🙂
haha that is the thing about food blogs! They always make me SO hungry too 😀
Really nice photos. We have something similar in Sydney . Have a look..
Thanks M! Great read. Seems it’s an epidemic 🙂
The Wedding Lock Bridge. Nice. As usual the black&white color contrast is stunning! Cheers!
Thanks a million 🙂
In my “hometown” Cologne, there are more than 3000 locks at the Hohenzollern bridge by now! http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/cat/12206/display/20343462
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. 🙂
Wow, that’s a lot of locks! And if two people are crazy enough to be bridge lock tourists then they deserve each other 🙂
Actually 40.000 locks in 2011 = 15 tons! I found a more recent article on it in the meantime.. I feel sorry for whoever had to count them 🙂
Nice images, there is a suggestion this started in Italy.
I’m not a fan of instagram either.
It originated in Italy according to an Italian friend of mine, sparked by a novel it seems.
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