Man Photographs Himself in a Pink Tutu to Fight Against Breast Cancer

After photographer Bob Carey moved with his wife to the East Coast in 2003, he found that life suddenly flipped 180-degrees from what he was used to. He then did what every sane, middle-aged, male photographer would do: he began photographing himself in a pink tutu to express himself. However, the project wouldn’t stay random for long. Carey writes,

Six months after the move, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. During these past nine years, I’ve been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing — no, the only thing — we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.

Carey has since decided to self-publish his tutu photographs as a book titled Ballerina and then donate all the net proceeds from his work to breast cancer organizations to fight against the disease.

You can find more photos from the series and contribute to the effort over on the project’s website.

The Tutu Project (via Visual News)

Image credits: Photographs by Bob Carey

  • Aaro Keipi

     That’s beautiful…and hilarious.

  • MM


  • mythbuster

    Nothing to do with breast cancer. Just stupid circus.

  • Alan Dove

    I’m really not looking forward to his follow-up campaign for colon cancer.

  • SirHugsAlot

    Your life must be very dark.  I think the pink tutu man should give you a nice warm hug.  I think you need one.

  • dorian

     at least he’s doing something to raise awareness unlike you making fun of people’s good deeds from your computer. Such ignorant of you to make such a comment. If you don’t have respect for his work, at least have respect for his effort!

  • Marcellafoster22

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  • Steve

    I met Bob a few years back and listening to him tell story’s of his adventures is amazing.  I applaud his cause and believe in the work he is doing.  He had one of his books with him and every time he turned the page, a new story was told.  One of the ones that sticks with me is the story of him taking the picture of him on the ferry boat.  He was questioned by numerous security agents as to what exactly he was doing.  Keep up the great work Bob. 

  • Rampergashyacinth

    My mother  died  over twenty  years  ago,  due  to Cancer  the  big  C. I wish  you  all success in  your  venture to  make  as  much  money  to  help  your  course, i  look  forward  to  the  book  comeing  out first  copy  on  me.

  • Alex

    Incredible photographs and for such a worthy cause.  Both Bob and his wife are to be applauded.  Such creativity – prayers go out on their journey.

  • Bklein

    I was watching the Today Show and heard about the love shared by this precious couple. I applaud them for finding a way to express themselves and their intense life they now live. I, too, am a breast cancer patient, with a liver diagnosis, 5 years after the BC. I live each day with love and laughter and the appreciation of life. Thanks to Bob for helping me laugh and for finding a way to express breast cancer awareness!!! 

  • Sandy

    You are ignorant!. Apparently you don’t know anyone who has suffered breast cancer. I have two sisters…..grow up and learn!

  • Sherry Fowler

    This is the MOST awesome love story and such a heart and soul inspiration to ALL!
    I love these self portraits and all they say, Thank you, thank you Bob & Linda……………..I am waiting for your Book to be released!

  • Bri Crowl1

    Your photos and efforts are truly inspirational and hold such power. Thank you for all that you do!

  • Outsidewitheden

    Come down to Monticello I’ll give you a garden tour in your pink tutu!