by Alisha Jackson
Twenty five years ago, infant Spencer Elden was thrown into a pool naked, and photographed for one of the most iconic album covers to ever be released. His parents were paid $200 for the gig, and all these years later, Elden is cashing the same check for pool photo shoot number three.
In 2006, Elden recreated the iconic photo in honor of Nirvana‘s fifteenth anniversary of Nevermind.
Ten years later, he’s at it again. And this time, he was willing to go one step further for the cause. “I said to the photographer, ‘Let’s do it naked.’ But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts,” Elden told the New York Post.
“The anniversary means something to me,” he added. “It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was four months old and it became this really iconic image. It’s cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don’t even remember.”
According to Time magazine, in 1991 photographer Kirk Weddle asked Elden’s parents if he could use their four month old baby as part of a photo shoot for an up-and-coming band. “I don’t think my parents really gave my taking part in this shoot too much thought,” Elden told The Guardian. “They knew who Nirvana were, but weren’t really into the grunge scene. I was four months old and my dad was attending art school at the time, and his friends would often ask for help with their projects.”
“So his friend the photographer Kirk Weddle called him and said, ‘Do you want to make some money today and throw your kid in the pool?’ And he agreed. My parents took me down there, apparently they blew in my face to stimulate my gag reflex, dunked me in, took some pictures, and pulled me out. And that was it. They were paid $200 and went to eat tacos afterwards. No big deal.”
Twenty five years later, Elden posed for the same photo for the same price. Check out the results in photographer John Chapple’s photo below.