Take one reclaimed vintage bathtub, various "kick-ass" women of different ages and backgrounds, and one curious photographer and you have a beautiful series of female portraits taken at beauty spots around the UK.
Bathing in Nature is the work of Corin Jones, who for almost a decade has worked as a lifestyle photographer, finding joy and job satisfaction in meeting new people and capturing precious moments in their life. But in recent years, the Oxfordshire creative had a burning desire to connect with women and tell their stories. "Women who are following their dreams, passions and desires," as Corin puts it. "There's something magical about getting to know each individual on a deeper level to truly capture their soul, and sharing it with the world so all can see how brilliant they are."
Through her series, Corin hopes to support women's wellbeing and empowerment – and spread a little of the positivity she's experienced herself through wild swimming in nature. "After losing all of my photographic work when Covid-19 hit last year, I found myself in a creative rut and felt deflated, exhausted and anxious. With no work and the added stress of having to postpone my own wedding, I felt helpless," Corin tells us.
"The easing of the lockdown in July coincided with our family holiday to Dorset, where I did a self-portrait session in the sea at sunrise," Corin continues. "For me this was healing, I instantly felt at peace and as though all of the stresses I'd dealt with previously faded. I left feeling full of excitement and passion for the future which is something I'd not felt for months. It was such a healing experience I knew I needed to share it with as many women as possible."
After a fantastic initial start, came multiple setbacks due to the national lockdowns in November and January, all shoots for the project have been put on hold potentially jeopardising the project. But Corin is now on a mission to spread the Bathing in Nature message far and wide, to drum up volunteers to model for the project when it's up and running again.
"The aim for this body of work to be as diverse as possible and represent women from all walks of life, body shapes and ethnicities," Corin adds.
Tanis Lawfull is one of the women featured in the project. "The whole experience was both empowering and liberating and for this 50-something woman, who has shied away from showing her body to anyone, it was, without doubt, one of the most freeing experiences of my life and one that I would recommend to anyone. Just do it! You have nothing to lose – but so much to gain in terms of your own empowerment and being proud of the woman you are!"
Another of Corin's pictures is of her 72-year-old grandma, Jenny Langdown, who has "bumpy bits in all the wrong places," as she says. "All I can say is that it was wonderful to be asked to take part in Corin’s project, it did wonders for my self-esteem and has to be one of the highlights of last year! Thank you Corin for the opportunity to be a 'photographic model' in my later life! Won't say old age cos I still feel young, most days!"
To find out more about the project, or contact Corin to get involved, go to cocojonesphoto.com.