Photo Session @ Queen E
For decades, Queen Elizabeth Park – especially in late spring and summer – has been hopping with professional photographers and their beautifully dressed subjects. It’s fitting that when you visit the 52 hectare park, which sits 125 metres above sea level, you’ll see J Seward Johnson’s bronze sculpture, Photo Session, installed in 1984.
Sculptor J Seward Johnson was born 1930 in New Brunswick, Jersey.
As we read in the Artist’s Statement around this particular QE sculpture, Johnson..: ‘begins with a small clay model to fashion the gesture and pose of a figure. Once the pose is established, the artist works with a live model to sculpt the face and the exact position and a nude figure is cast in plaster. The clothes are then sewn onto the cast figure. Resin is applied to stiffen all the fabrics. The piece is then cast in wax, refined, and a ceramic mold is made in preparation for casting in bronze. Bronze details are added after.’
And why is this sculpted trio being shot by the photographer at this particular spot? Because of the incredible view, which includes The Lion peaks – The Twin Sisters or Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn – over the water on the North Shore Mountains.
J Seward Johnson’s Photographer. Photo Session. 1984
The Subjects of J Seward Johnson’s Photographer. Photo Session. 1984
Looking Towards The Lions