Taking the Waters by Caitlin Davies and Ruth Corney – review
The Guardian – 20 May 2012
‘Swimming here, writes Davies, is “magical, even biblical” and the book, with its archive photos of men performing swallow dives, and women winter swimmers cavorting in the snow (the Times in the 19th century noted these winter bathers were “an inoffensive kind of lunatic”), is the work of a passionate hobbyist…’
Taking the Plunge – exhibition review
Time Off – 7 January 2008
From kite-flying in spring and summer picnics on the top of Parliament Hill, to autumnal rambles and wintry dips in the lido, Hampstead Heath is a year-round refuge for nature-starved city slickers. ‘Taking the Plunge’, a new exhibition of photographs by Ruth Corney, captures the life of the Heath through the seasons and is on display at nearby Lauderdale House.
The title refers to Corney’s focus on the 791-acre site’s watering holes – the art deco lido and the traditionally segregated ladies’, men’s and mixed ponds. Among the details captured, the artist picks out ‘the architecture and wonderful reflective qualities of the water at the lido’, and ‘the unique stillness of the ladies’ bathing pond’, from among the 50 or so images.
A shot of a subdued, snow-dusted lido is also particularly striking, while a summer downpour on the women’s swimming corner, and the Christmas Day race at the men’s pond illustrate the all-weather commitment of Hampstead Heath swimming fans.
“Women & Health wish to extend their deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Ruth Corney for her generous donation of £855.00 to the Housebound Scheme. The money that Ruth raised has gone towards subsidising 70 home visits, where isolated women in the community will be visited by a practitioner and given treatments in their home. The receipt of this money will enable Women & Health to expand this service by 40%. We would also like to thank Metro Imaging for their contribution.”
Claire Floyd (Centre manager, Women & Health)