Creative Photography Showcase #4: The Tutu Project

“It's all about a man, his pink tutu and raising funds for women with breast cancer.”

Bob Carey is a photographer based in New York City that has devoted his past 9 years to an amazing project, self portraits in a pink tutu. No, not necessarily for fun, but for a greater cause: raising funds for women with breast cancer. He’s not the first photographer to address this issue, but he is definitely one of the most brave and creative ones.

Photo courtesy of Bob Carey
It takes a lot of courage to strip your clothes and become the subject of your own photographs wearing nothing more than a pink tulle. But this is exactly what Bob Carey has been doing since 2003 in order to show his support for women diagnosed with breast cancer. It all started out 9 years ago, when Bob donated a picture of himself wearing a custom-made ballet skirt in support of the Arizona Ballet. 6 months later, his wife Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer and, as she was recovering from surgery, Bob realized that he needed to start this project to take the edge off those hard times.


“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.”

Photo courtesy of Bob Carey
Bob Carey has gathered more than 110 images of himself in various places. The photographs are available for sale on his website, along with T-shirts, and all the money is donated to organizations that support women suffering from breast cancer. Starting this fall, the photographer took his project and initiative to the next level and, at the moment, he is raising funds to publish “Ballerina”, a book containing his tutu images and stories about a guy’s adventures in his pink tulle. 

Photo courtesy of Bob Carey

Photo courtesy of Bob Carey