Spencer Elden, who appeared on the cover of Nirvana‘s 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind as a baby, has recreated the photo in celebration of the landmark album’s 25th anniversary. Now 25 years-old, Elden, a Los Angeles-based artist, told the New York Post that he initially suggested literally re-making the iconic photo by swimming naked for the shoot, but that the photographer thought better of that.
“I said to the photographer, ‘Let’s do it naked.’ But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts,” said Elden, who was four months old when the picture was taken. The original photographer was Kirk Weddle, who knew Elden’s father, Rick, and asked if he could use baby Elden for a photoshoot for a then-little-known band from Seattle. “The anniversary means something to me,” Elden said. “It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was four months old and it because this really iconic image… It’s cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don’t even remember.”
The ‘Nirvana Baby’, Spencer Elden. Behind the scenes of our underwater shoot, to mark the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album. Camera: Sony A7RII | lens: Sigma 14mm f2.8 on a metabones adapter | Ikelite underwater housing. #bts #famousbtsmag #underwater #photoshoot #photography #photographer #nirvanababy #nirvana #pasadena #ikelite #a7rii #sony #sonyimages #sonyalpha #sonyphotography #overunder #padi #rosebowl #sigma #14mm
Photographer John Chapple remade the picture with Elden earlier this month at a lap pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, paying him the same $200 his parents got for the initial shoot.