Street / Documentary / Editorial Photographer - MICHAL FANTA
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Goodbye Padlocks of Pont des Arts

Padlocks of Pont des Arts, Paris

When I visited Paris for the first time in my life, the first thing I decided to do, after dumping all my travel bags in an apartment near the Luxembourg Gardens (Le Jardin du Luxembourg), was to take a camera and a bag full of 35mm rolls of film and intentionally get lost in the city...

I was looking left and right, down and up, my lips were smiling, my mind framing and my camera clicked every once in a while. Even if you like street photography only a little bit, finding yourself in the city where Cartier-Bresson and other great masters of this genre worked is an overwhelming experience.

It didn’t take me long before I reached Pont des Arts. Standing on the other side of the street, waiting for the traffic lights to change so I can finally step onto a bridge full of people, life and love. Shooting film I didn't take hundreds of frames. As a matter of fact I only took three. Two of them were quite traditional but the third one was different. Some might even call it wrong. But for me it was a photograph I just needed to take.

And today when I read the news I somehow understood why...

...goodbye padlocks of Pont des Arts.
Michal FantaPont des Arts