Old Underwater Photography

Photos taken in 1938, photographer Bruce Mozertom near the coast of Florida Silver Springs. Over the 45 years he has done photos coast of Florida and its inhabitants. He actually was one of the pioneers of underwater photography.

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39 Responses

  1. Josh says:

    Wow. These are amazing!

  2. Lee Decker says:

    wow those are some amazing pictures.
    I really appreciate the thought that the photographer had in mind while setting up the shots. Truly an original idea for sure.

  3. Sam Da Bomb says:

    These are great! I doubt anyone today could do as a good a job.

  4. Jim Roberts says:

    These look like promotional photos done for Cypress Gardens in Florida!

  5. Sky says:

    Wow!! I wonder how long it took to set up and shoot each scene. I feel breathless just looking at them.

  6. directory says:

    Cool, time stopped. Would be cool to see some that are taken now.

  7. wick says:


  8. Cliff Walker says:

    Really impressive. And definitely not Photoshopped.

  9. Hardly photoshopped. Look at the pictures – they have that soft look to them that signifies 35mm film. It’s not a CMOS or CCD sensor.

    Besides, look at the signs of the times. Photos of the “American Life” abound. The bathing suits are from the 50′s. So does the air conditioner in the window shot.

  10. Ian says:

    I looks Photoshopped. Yeah, the reflections are all wrong. Definitely Photoshopped.

  11. Graphic Designer says:

    Wick: These weren’t Photoshopped, they were taken in 1938 you idiot.

  12. Kurotori says:

    Totally awesome.
    I saw a modern photographer take underwater shots of models in otherwise normal scenes on Americas Top Model a while back. Wish I knew his name still.
    Really an amazing and creative concept.

  13. Bob Frost says:


  14. Sara Wall says:

    I just saw these images and I am blow away! It just goes to prove that nothing is really new. Check out my underwater images at my blog site.

  15. Blowden says:

    Amazing how they managed to keep the women’s hair down.
    Very cool pics.

  16. Mollie says:

    These are definitely from the 50′s. Photoshopping has taken the fun out of photoshoots! How did the models manage to stay ‘down’?

  17. rose says:

    this is so lol

  18. Jebus says:

    If anyone’s interested, here’s a modern day photographer that does similar work:


  19. Cj says:

    His name is Bruce Mozert, not Mozertom

  20. guided by vices says:

    totally photoshopped. you can tell because the 1938 version of photoshop always made people wear old timey bathing suits when you select the ‘underwater’ effect.

  21. Chris says:

    fantastic stuff, I love the parodies at work :D

    and hey wick, maybe it’s YOU who’s photoshopped =_=

  22. Max says:

    I would like to see someone do a recreation of something like this.

  23. As a native Floridian, I must point out the Silver Springs is not near the coast. It’s dead-center in the state near Ocala. In fact, that’s where the majority of our more beautiful springs are. Unfortunately, it’d be much harder to get away with these kinds of photos today since most of the springs are now state parks. The state takes every measure to protect the natural beauty of these gems.
    I think it would have been amazing to see some of the less built up springs back then (Ichetucknee, Alexander, and Silver Glen..) before people started visiting them. Places like DeLeon Springs, Silver Springs, and Rainbow River were more touristy and privately owned. Wakulla Springs in the panhandle is the heaviest flowing spring in the world (and it’s actually kind of scary to snorkel near the giant gaping hole.. the water is often murky nowadays from nitrates leaching into the water system), but it’s been built up and was once privately owned.

    I’m envious of the people way back when before things got so built up. William Henry Jackson was one lucky guy (look him up if you don’t know his work).

  24. Lauren says:


  25. jon says:

    Besides, look at the hair. hair doesn’t move like that anywhere above water. and in the window picture, you can see someone swimming in the background, bubbles and all from the kicks.

  26. TTG says:

    I would be happy to see those swimsuits come back :P Styles repeat…

  27. Angel says:

    That’s amazing. The fish must have been a bit scared seeing the first one being done…!!

  28. katie says:

    wow amazing :D

  29. magma3637 says:

    oneday, i’ll make photos far more better then this (“,)y

  30. christy says:

    those were so sick.
    i love old photos

  31. mysefl says:

    TOTALLY FAKE, you jerk also believe the americans actually went to the moon, right??

  32. Alrady says:

    Oh the good old days… I love the b/w and gentleness that comes across as well as the twinkle in eye type feel. Wow notice how the girls fee are always arched and pointed… that was so glam look back then! Thanks for look down memory lane. Tryign to figure how to make an ehow article out of this and credit your page as resource – its that good.

  33. Alrady says:

    I forgot to mention, I love that whole underwater thing… Give it a nice feeling. That one pic almost looks like a young Paul Newman.

  34. DDDepressionnn says:

    There has come winter :(
    It became cold and cloudy!
    Mood very bad :(
    Depression Begins

  35. DDDDepressionnnn says:

    Depression Depression Depression aaaaaaaa
    HEEEEELP :( :( :(
    I hate winter! I want summer!

  36. john abbott says:

    near ocala, fl on !-75. center of state. where tarzan ands african queen were made. this is a spring.

  37. wintervssummer says:

    I very much love summer :)
    Someone very much loves winter :(
    I Wish to know whom more :)
    For what you love winter?
    For what you love summer? Let’s argue :)

  38. Pelapapas says:

    fantastic pics!

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