Earlier this month, I had a few people at my studio visit comment on Love is Touching Souls. One woman had been at the Banff Centre in the 1960s and thought that perhaps the original photograph had been taken there. That was a possibility, as I knew the original photo was taken in the Rocky Mountains somewhere near Banff, but I wasn’t sure exactly where. I didn’t recognize the lamp posts though as being from the Banff Centre. It wasn’t until I was interviewed by Charlotte Phillips of the UAL Canada Office that the mystery was solved. She had been married in the exact spot where the photo had been taken!
It was the terrace of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. When I was in Banff, I could see the hotel in the distance, a castle-like building tucked away on the side of a mountain. A quick Google search and sure enough, it was taken on the hotel terrace (a popular wedding location). I believe it is Mount Rundle pictured behind the group. I think it is at least. I haven’t been able to find a photo online of the exact same view. But here are those lamp posts!
I tried to compare the mountain to some that I took from outside my studio at The Banff Centre, but I’m not sure if it’s the same mountain or not. I can’t tell which side of the mountain the Love is Touching Souls photo is taken from, and whether or not that would be the same view from The Banff Centre. I guess I will just have to do a bit more sleuthing or find out when I’m in Banff again, hopefully when the public art piece goes up on the town hall sometime next year.
Oh well…mystery almost solved. If anyone knows which mountain that is in the background, let me know!