I am in love with locks lately. I seem to have quite a few from our visit to Greece a few weeks ago. But, seriously, who could resist this color and shape? And those little embossed dots? The square bolts? Could you have resisted?
I’m considering this as one of the images in my next postcard order. We are so, so close to my goal — 195 people are currently signed up for the Liberate Your Art postcard swap! Isn’t that awesome? If we hit my goal 200, I promised that everyone signed up with get a postcard from me in addition to 5 postcards they will receive from other participants. I’m so excited to be this close to the goal, and it’s time for me to think about my postcards too! Especially since I liberated most of my current stock at the Do What You Love retreat last week. Postcards were a great way to give people something a little bit “more” of my art than a business card. Everyone seemed to really like looking through them and choosing their favorite too.
There is still time to help me get the word out or to sign up for the swap yourself! I’m going to close sign up on Saturday, 4 June, so that I can be sure that everyone gets the final details I send to the list in June. Go here for the rest of the details, to get a button for your blog or to sign up.
I’ve added tons of new links to the participant link list this week. That means it’s time to go visiting again. Can you find the artist who paints on rocks? How about an artist who lives in Australia? They are in there, and so, so many more amazing artists. Pick two or three links, go and visit, and leave a note letting them know you stopped by from the postcard swap!
Here are the new links added this week:
What have you discovered in the last week since the Exploring with a Camera: Breaking the Rule of Thirds post? Do you follow or break the rule of thirds most often? Link in below and let’s take a look! I saved this image from Via dell’Amore for today because it was a perfect illustration of the rule of thirds along with the love-lock tradition I talked about in yesterday’s post.
When you link in your examples of following and breaking the rule of thirds in the link below, and you have two chances to win. I’m giving away the “C is for Camera” notebook below and Tammy Lee Bradley of Bliss and Folly has joined in to giveaway a Vintage Camera trio – head over to her blog here to see how to enter for her fabulous giveaway. Thanks so much Tammy for sharing the love with us!
So, without further ado, please share your view! Link in below or click the thumbnails to see the other great examples shared so far. Thanks so much for participating! You can find the code for the Exploring with a Camera button here, if you want to share the love on your blog too.
Via dell’Amore is a nice little walk along the Mediterranean Sea from the towns of Riomaggiore and Manarola in the Cinque Terre. The story goes that the trail was built between the two towns as the railway was being built in the region, and it became a place for young lovers to meet to get away from the watching eyes of the townspeople. Now it is an enjoyable walkway along the sea, with benches to sit and enjoy the view.
The pathway is lined with love graffiti and covered with locks on every possible surface, including this little nook celebrating the famous walkway. The locks seem to be a tradition in Italy – near any body of water you will find locks hooked to bridge railings with little messages symbolizing the love of a couple. We first noticed this in Florence and have seen it many places in our travels, but no where are there more locks than along Via dell’Amore. They even sell locks if you want to participate in the tradition.
I was tempted to buy a lock for a keepsake but managed to resist and just capture a few images instead. I’m curious though – is the lock tradition something that is only found in Italy or does it happen in other parts of Europe? What are the traditions to celebrate young love in your country?
No, I’m not talking about hair! One final “love themed” post for this Valentine’s Day week. You find these locks on bridges, ocean overlooks, anywhere near water. The couples right their names on the lock, lock it to something permanent (railing, lamp post, whatever) and throw the key into the water. It must be quite the European love tradition because we’ve seen them everywhere, once we started noticing them. I had never heard of this or seen this in the US. These are from Florence, on the Ponte Vecchio.