Dublin – Pearse Street 

Yet another close of play at work, waiting for bus @Dublin

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Love Locks – Symbol of Love or Vandalism!

The love locks/padlocks have always been treated by authorities as litter or vandalism. The reason provided are costly to remove, problems for the preservation of our architectural heritage, negative aesthetic value, structural concerns, distractions etc. These reasons sound ridiculously immature to me, what about you?

What is love lock and History –
A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

The history of love padlocks dates back at least 100 years to a melancholy Serbian tale of World War I, with an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love) in spa town of Vrnjačka Banja. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died due to heartbreak from her unfortunate love. As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. In rest of Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. [Source Wikipedia]

Eyes on The Wall!

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A beautiful piece of art installed on a wall in Brick Lane, London. These walls have the privilege of hosting similar great work of unknown artists. My previous post on the street art can be found here.

I will be posting more street art from these narrow alleys. More information about street art in teh area can be found on Street Art in Brick lane.

 

Brick Lane, London

Graffiti & Street art, Retro style clothing market, Art exhibitions, Street market, Curry houses and Masala Chai – yes, I am talking about Brick lane.

Situated in east London, Brick lane is a vibrant place for shoppers, artists, designers and street photographers (special mention). Street photographers, we can spot them camouflaged in the crowd or at the corner of street trying to capture the mood of the market. I joined the flock last Sunday when I decided to take on my fear of photographing people on the street.

I decided to walk from Bethnal Green which is on central line on London’s tube network and within 20 minutes I found myself in the labyrinth of cobbled streets. Once one reaches here it is entirely up to him how he satisfies his soul – pleasure of shopping of jewelry, trendy clothing, delicious Bangladesi food & sweets or just take a feel of place; I was there to fight my fear.

I am posting my favorite here though it is not a street shot with people. For more photographs of Brick lane please visit my Flickr page

http://www.flickr.com/photos/73153746@N04/

For more information on Brick lane market please visit