Tak­ing the plunge

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If you live in the North­ern hemi­sphere, an out­door swim might not be top of your list of things to do on Christ­mas Day

but UK lm maker and vis­ual artist Natasha Brooks is a rm be­liever in tak­ing the plunge – and her beau­ti­ful short lms and pho­tog­ra­phy might just in­spire you to do the same. “Soli­tary open wa­ter swims are when I shed my clothes and men­tal clut­ter and truly get

back to my prim­i­tive nat­u­ral state,” says Natasha. Her award-win­ning short lm, Blue­hue, cel­e­brates the con­nec­tion be­tween naked swim­ming and the nat­u­ral world. “In the frigid, snowy lake, when the wa­ter is bit­ing at your very be­ing, out­door swim­ming al­ways leaves you feel­ing re­freshed, re­set and very much alive.” Natasha lives in North Wales, where she loves to swim in the moun­tain llyns, or lakes, of Snow­do­nia, but at Christ­mas she likes to re­turn home. “I spend the fes­tive pe­riod

at my child­hood home in Corn­holme, West York­shire. I re­visit the rivers and dams that I grew up swim­ming in; The Fry­ing Pan, Lumb Falls and Gaddings Dam to name a few. I’ll sit in the wa­ter and feel like a gi­ant, as in my play­ful, child­hood mem­o­ries the wa­ter was so much deeper, the dams so much big­ger and the wa­ter­falls much more fe­ro­cious. I can’t wait!” Watch Blue­hue at www.blue­hues.co.uk/video and fol­low Natasha’s work at www.tash­brooks.com.

To find your near­est Christ­mas Day swim go to www.wildswim.com

LAKES OF LEG­ENDS Moun­tain lakes are Natasha’s favourite places to swim. “They are steeped in myth and leg­end and it’s not hard to see why when you are out there,” she says.

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