A single man watching a couple toss away their key on the "Padlock Bridge," Paris, by Ciana Pullen
A single man watching a couple toss away their key on the "Padlock Bridge," Paris, by Ciana Pullen, 2014
There's been a tradition since about 2008 for lovers to attach a padlock to the railing of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, then toss the key into the Seine to symbolize eternal love. So many thousands upon thousands of padlocks hang off the railing in glittering clumps that authorities are removing the railing and replacing it with plexiglass in order to protect the bridge from undue weight, thus ending the tradition. As I was passing under the bridge I caught this man standing alone and watching a couple toss their key into the Seine.