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.