Man in pink tutu inspiring others with cancer to laugh
NEW YORK — A photographer with plenty of humility and a sense of humor has turned a pink tutu into a source of inspiration and healing for his wife battling cancer.
Now some humorous photos of Bob Carey, a commercial and fine arts photographer, wearing a tutu has turned into a project with a huge following.
According to the Huffington Post, the project started back in 2003, when Carey took the first picture of himself wearing a tutu after being asked to shoot an image for a media campaign by a ballet company in Arizona.
Shortly after that, he and his wife, Linda, moved to New York. Six months later, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“That’s when I went into self-therapy mode,” Carey said in a video about The Tutu Project.
Carey was reminded of the tutu photo and as a form of self-therapy, he began taking photographs of himself in a tutu in every setting he could think of.
“That’s what I do when things start getting hard. I start making photographs,” Carey said.
Carey said the photos were therapeutic and his wife began taking them to her treatments and sharing them with fellow patients.
“It just makes me laugh to see my husband dancing around,” Linda Carey said. “It helps me be positive. The more I laugh the better I feel.”
Carey has created a book and calendar which features all of his photographs. Proceeds go to support The Carey Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization established by the couple in 2012.