For dancers, a tutu signifies the culmination of months of hard work. For Bob and Linda Carey, it marked the beginning of a long journey. When Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Bob wanted to do anything to help his wife make light of her difficult chemo treatments. What would be funnier, he thought, than photographing his 200-pound self in a whimsical pink tutu—and not much else? The result is a collection of photos that are silly, ironic, joyous and intimate.
Today, 10 years later, what started as a personal scrapbook has turned into a public collection, The Tutu Project, and a newly released book, Ballerina. Proceeds from purchases go to The Carey Foundation, a non-profit that supports women with breast cancer.