I’m not sure why I don’t come to Lover’s Lane in San Francisco more frequently to take portraits. I mean, c’on! This place is magical. After shooting here with this gorgeous girl, I read up on the location and learned this particular spot isn’t Lover’s Lane, but instead it’s called the “Wood Line.” It’s an art instillation created in 2011 by Andy Goldsworthy which is right off of the Lover’s Lane trail. I think most people refer to the “Wood Line” as Lover’s Lane, just FYI.
We also visited Goldsworthy’s earlier art instillation, “Spire,” which is nearby the “Wood Line.” The Spire is a towering sculpture constructed from 37 Monterey cypress tree trunks that were felled as part of the Presidio’s reforestation effort. Goldsworthy was inspired by church bell towers but rooted in the earth. The “Spire” rises more than 90 feet high.
Taking photos at Lover’s Lane was completely spontaneous. I had a client specifically request a session there so while driving around one day with my husband’s daughter we decided to go by it. And no, she normally doesn’t wear flower crowns and tutu-dresses – BUT I had packed the car with these things just in case a special opportunity came up (my photographer brain never stops). It was foggy and I just loved the way it made the lane look desolate and a little nefarious. We stopped over to “Spire” but because it’s so soaring we didn’t stay long for photos there. I included one just so you could see it.
About the artist: Andy Goldsworthy draws his inspiration from a specific place and creates art from the materials he finds close at hand, such as twigs, leaves, stones, or snow. Working in locations as diverse as the Yorkshire Dales and the Australian Outback, the artist strives, in his words, “to make connections between what we call nature and what we call man-made.” Goldsworthy is known to many through the 2001 film Rivers and Tides. In addition to his installations in the Presidio, his works in the Bay Area include Stone River at Stanford University and Drawn Stone at the de Young Museum.