The Mermaid

Toni Frissell, [Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida], 1947 (10.1979)

It surprised me that Toni Frissell’s mesmerizing, achingly beautiful photograph of a woman in white suspended just beneath the water’s surface–an image celebrated for its romantic, enigmatic, haunting character (featured on numerous album and book covers)–was taken at one of America’s oldest and kitschiest roadside attractions: Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

Frissell previously experimented with underwater fashion photography in a dolphin tank in Marineland, Florida, creating these images for Vogue in October 1938. The photograph above was taken for Harper’s Bazaar.

See additional images of Weeki Wachee here and here.

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