About nine years ago Photographer Bob Carey and his wife, Linda moved to America's East Coast. Even though the move was exciting, exhilarating, and inspiring, it was a big and dramatic change. The self portraits were a perfect way of expressing himself. He posed in different surroundings wearing a pink tutu.
The result is a wonderful, inspiring and poetic series of self portraits: The Tutu Project.
There is also a serious story behind this beautiful project.
Six months after the move, Linda his wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. During these past nine years, he's been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Bob says; oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, the only thing—we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.
Ballerina, the book. Not only is it a collection of his tutu images, it also shares many humorous stories about the adventures of a guy and his pink tulle.
This autumn, Bob will self-publish the book Ballerina. The net proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to breast cancer organizations, including Cancercare.org and the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Fund, that make significant differences in the lives of women with breast cancer and in the people who love them.
Bob's project can be supported in many ways, by purchasing a special edition 20-by-24-inch signed tutu print, by purchasing a T-shirt, pre-purchasing a signed copy of Ballerina or other options noted on his project site.
The Tutu Project can be found here.
All images below are from The Tutu Project.
© copyright all images Bob Carey