OMG! Wat een bizarre en waanzinnig mooie serie is The Tutu Project. Allereerst vanwege het object op de foto: een stoere, forse man in een roze tutu. “Wat is dit dan??”, denk je in eerste instantie. En als de achterliggende gedachte leest, dan ben je direct ontroerd. Dit is wat Bob Carey erover schrijft (het loont echt om dit even te lezen!):
The Tutu Project began in 2003 as a lark. I mean, really, think of it. Me photographing myself in a pink tutu, how crazy is that?
” But nine years ago my wife, Linda, and I moved to the East Coast and, as odd as it may sound, the self-portraits proved to be a perfect way of expressing myself. Why? Because even though the move was exciting, exhilarating, and inspiring, it was 180 degrees from what I knew. So I took the old, mixed it in with the new, and the kept the tutu handy.
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.
Enter Ballerina, the book. Not only is it a collection of my tutu images, it also shares many humorous stories about the adventures of a guy and his pink tulle. So far, there has been a tremendous response to the series of photos—people are particularly moved by the images. And their interest and enthusiasm have made us want to share that experience with as many pe
ople as possible in the form of a book, so that we can raise money to help other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
En daarnaast zijn de foto’s ook echt de moeite waard. Prachtige composities en krachtige kleursetting.