“The Tutu Project began in 2003 as a lark. I mean, really, think of it. Me photographing myself in a pink tutu, how crazy is that?”
That’s how artist Bob Carey describes the origin of his series of topless self-portraits wearing frilly pink tulle. But the project suddenly took a much more meaningful turn when his wife was diagnosed with, and entered a long-term battle against the killer.
“During these past nine years, I’ve been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. 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.”
With several photos under his… umm… tutu, Bob has turned a fun photography essay into serious fund (and awareness) raising. Later this year, he will self-publish Ballerina, with all proceeds going directly to breast cancer organizations including Cancercare.org and the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Fund.
Right now, he’s trying to raise seed money by asking for sponsors to back a photograph that will be in the book. For a $500 donation, Bob will send the donor a special edition 20-by-24-inch signed tutu print, and later a first edition of Ballerina.
See more Ballerina pictures below, and at Bob’s web site.