What would you do, when your loved one is in a battle with an unforgiving disease? The Tutu Project is a story about love, about inspiration, about what can be done to make ones suffering go away with a smile.
A grown man, dressed in a pink tutu, taking pictures of himself in different locations, how crazy is that?
Well, it’s not that crazy when you hear the reason behind it.
The life of Bob and Linda Carey changed when, in 2003, they found out that Linda has breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. All of this just packs a punch, but Bob has a way to cope with all of this. As a professional photographer, he grabs a camera and a tutu and goes taking self-portraits.
In an interview, Bob talks about this: “So, after Linda was diagnosed, that’s when I went in self-therapy mode. I grabbed the tutu and went out and started making pictures. That’s what I do when things are getting hard, I…start making photographs.”
And how Linda reacts to this?
“It just makes me laugh, to see my husband dancing around. It helps me be positive. The more I laugh, the better I feel.” and that is what is all about, her smiling, laughing.
Every time that Linda would go for treatment, she would take the images on her phone, the women would look at them and laugh, basically making the time pass.
After all this amazing feedback, Bob decided that he should take the project further, and that is how The Tutu Project started.
From the sale of prints, Bob and Linda self-published a book, named Ballerina. It is a collection of tutu images and humorous stories from Bob’s adventures “on the road”. The proceeds from the book sales will be used to help other breast cancer patience with their treatment (it’s crazy how many aspects the health insurance do not cover).
Admire the tutu images and have a look at a video interview done by Deutsche Telekom on the project.