Photowalk: Pont des Arts – ‘The Love Bridge’

In my opinion, Paris is all about the ‘air’. There is just something about the air. I’ve always felt that there is a certain romance and wonderlust that just floats around in every part of this beautiful city. One of the best ways to experience this city is by foot. Yes, wear comfy shoes so you can walk for hours and take in all that atmosphere. It’s hard to explain, but there’s just something about Paris!

One of my favourite places to photograph in Paris is Pont des Arts, also know as ‘The Love Bridge’. It’s one of the many bridges across the famous Seine. This bridge is just across from Louvre and the nearest Metro stations are Pont Neuf (Line 7) and Louvre-Rivoli (Line 1).

I enjoy taking a walk down this bridge and people watching. Many times, I’ve seen couples in action, locking their love and throwing the key into the river. They say that their love will last forever by doing so, though I’m not sure how true this is! Couples just tend to cuddle up a bit more, tourists seems to go crazy taking photos and the rest of the people just seem to have a warm glow on their faces.

Photography wise, I love that it’s so rich in colour. I love colour and I chose to photograph it despite the rain, as I love the contrast of the saturated colourful locks against the grey skies and gloomy atmosphere. You’ll see this contrast in the wider shot pictures below. Also, I feel the rain and grey skies add on to the already romantic atmosphere!

Enjoy!

Xx,

V.

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Thousands of locks- thousands of eternal love promises.

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Rain or shine, this couple is determined to lock their love. Notice how they stand out in the foreground despite them dressed in mostly black? It’s because of the richness of the colour in the middle ground and majority of the greyish washed out colour in the background.

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You see locks in all shapes, sizes and languages.

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You’ll also see quite a few miniature ‘Eiffel Towers’ hanging on the bridge too.

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For every kind of love- couples, friends, parent and child. Afterall, love is love. I believe the pink lock was locked by a mother and child.

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On most days, the whole bridge is filled with so many locks that there is barely any space left. Therefore people lock their locks on the other locks, and they tend to stick out a little bit more, like this red heart-shaped lock.

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Because it was a rainy day, all the locks have raindrops on them.

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On one side of the bridge is the Louve, on the other side is the Institut de France, which you can see in the far back of this picture. Don’t you think this grey atmosphere just adds to the romance!

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I just had to do a Black & White version. 🙂

Why thirteenatthreeone?

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Alors, here’s my story…

I visited Paris for the first time when I was 13. I was so amazed by this beautiful city, and I remember something about the air. I didn’t quite understand it then, but I knew I had to come back again someday. I also told myself that I would like to live in Paris for some time, be it a month, a year, or forever. French was also the most beautiful language I had ever heard and so I made up my mind to learn this beautiful language some day.

Fast forward to my 20s, I ended up visiting Paris a couple more times whenever I travelled to Europe. With every trip, I thought the desire to live here would die down, but it only grew stronger. I finally decided to take the step on my 31st birthday.  I got all the paperwork and everything necessary done within a month, packed my bags and flew over. I signed up with a French language school, and decided to continue my passion for photography. What prettier city to photograph other than Paris?

It all somehow came together, and then suddenly I was living in the most romantic city in the world. I felt like I was living in a dream, it felt so surreal.

This explains the name thirteen@threeone, as I started living my dream from when I was 13, at 31!

 

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Sometime in February this year, a couple locking their love at Pont des Arts.