Chris Levine was invited by the Jersey Heritage Trust to photograph Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.
‘Equanimity’, one of the images from the shoot, was presented to the National Portrait Gallery by the people of Jersey in 2011; in 2012 it was repurposed in a new work, ‘The Diamond Queen’, featuring 1,000 white diamonds, created with London jeweller Asprey; and it has appeared on a £10 Jersey stamp and a £100 Jersey banknote.
An earlier version of ‘Equanimity’ had already toured to the National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh, National Museums Northern Island, Belfast and National Museum Cardiff as part of The Queen: Art and Image exhibition. The exhibition also included the work ‘Lightness of Being’ by Chris Levine, an image derived from the sittings for Equanimity which depicts the monarch with her eyes closed.
They were chosen as the opening and closing pieces to the show and were seen by over half a million people from 17th May to the 21st October 2012.