May 24, 2012
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the tutu project

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For photographer Bob Carey and his wife Linda, a man-sized pink tutu has taken on incredible meaning in their fight against breast cancer.
The Tutu Project started in 2003 when Carey donated a picture of himself wearing a custom-made ballet skirt as part of a fund raiser for the Arizona Ballet. Soon after, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. “It wasn’t about her when I started,” Carey tells Shine. But when she was recovering from surgery, he found it was the one thing he could do to take break. “It takes a lot of love for him to put that tutu on,” Linda tells Shine. “And it makes us laugh.”

Using a tripod, Carey has now shot more than 110 images of himself in settings ranging from the desert in New Mexico to the Staten Island Ferry. He plans to compile them into a book called ‘Ballerina’ which will be published this fall – net proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to breast cancer organizations. Currently, the project’s website is selling individual prints and t-shirts to raise money to assist others suffering from the disease.

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Source and photos: Shine and The Tutu Project

25 Responses to “the tutu project”

NatashaMay 24th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I saw him and his wife on the Today show this morning, and it really touched my heart. Such a beautiful concept. I absolutely love this.

Melissa KojimaMay 25th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

These photographs are whimsical, playful and beautiful, but when I read the story behind them, they warmed my heart. How wonderful that he's helping those with breast cancer, especially his wife.

Amber NefertariMay 28th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I laughed at first but that was beautiful! You live once, and for a few moments you've gotta just let loose and have fun even in the name of tragedy! Love this.

xoxo

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