Taking the plunge
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.