A photographer steals love padlocks on the bridge of Arts

Love padlocks are a recent tradition in Paris. They can be found mainly on the Archevêché bridge and the bridge of Arts. They make a colorful and emotional subject for photographers.

They are generally pictured on-site, but according to this interview (in French), photographer Gilles Ouaki has a totally different approach.

He cuts the most interesting padlocks from the bridge of Arts to bring them in his studio and takes pictures of the broken padlocks there.

A quite selfish approach, if you're asking me.