Rusty Love Locks, Eckernförde, Germany

AUGUST 2015 – Close-up of two love locks that has been locked to a bridge at the harbor of Eckernförde, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I am not a big fan of the so-called ‘love locks’ that have become a common theme over the past 15 years or so. I like the concept of people showing to the world in a beautiful spot that they are in love with someone (or rather ‘were in love at that point in time’.) That’s sweet, somehow.

But there are negative effects as well: the masses of locks damage the public infrastructure (namely, bridges made from steel) and can also drastically change the look of a location. In some places it has become difficult to shoot a decent picture of a building or bridge that does not show some of the dreaded locks.

Yet, every now and then I take a photo when I come across particulary nice locks like these in Eckernförde in Germany. Locked to the bridge across the harbour, they just show engraved hearts at the top without any visible names. They must have been there for a while already as they show a lot of rust which adds structure to the surfaces. The harbour water is a nice backdrop. And the relatively large aperture creates a think depth of field and an acceptable background blur. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-AUG-2015, 11:55
LocationEckernförde, Germany
CameraCanon EOS M
LensCanon EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Exposure1/250 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5184 x 3456 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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