By Liana Rivas.
We first mentioned The Tutu Project in Resource’s Fall 2012 issue. Spontaneously moving to Brooklyn from Arizona nine years ago, photographer Bob Carey and his wife Linda are no strangers to adventure. Six months after the life-changing move, the couple found themselves going through another life-altering event, only this time it was also life-shattering: Linda had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to find a way to cope with the devastating news, Bob started making a series of self-portraits that showed him in a scenic background, wearing nothing but a pink tutu.
Bob was not unfortunately a newbie to cancer–his mother passed away from the disease in 1989–so this time around, he wanted to take action, and The Tutu Project was born. The Carey’s have created the Carey Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for not only women who are battling breast cancer but survivors and their family as well. The not-for-profit organization aims to donate funds to women who need it, those who aren’t fully covered by insurance or have no insurance and need a way to pay for treatments and other necessities. To help raise funds, Bob has self-published a book, Ballerina, of his tutu images.
On Friday, March 22nd, the Carey Foundation is hosting an opening night fundraiser and launching a special edition of the PocketWizard Plus III (one of their sponsors), which is the same trigger Bob uses when photographing images for his Tutu series. Additionaly, on Saturday, March 23rd, The Tutu Project Gallery exhibit will be open for visitors. From 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Bob will be hosting a lecture titled, “Personal Photographic Projects,” and from 6pm to 9pm, there will be a closing night cocktail party. Both events will be held at The Lab, which is located on 122 West 26th Street, NYC 10001. All donations and proceeds will benefit the Carey Foundation.
Below, you will find a video Bob Carey made about The Tutu Project.