Bob Carey writes on his website that the Tutu Project started "as a lark." Really, the fanciful self-portrait series had more serious origins. It started as a way of coping with his wife's ongoing battle with cancer.
"I have days when I'm exhausted," his wife, Linda, writes in a recent email, "but at this point in the project it's hard to differentiate whether it's the chemo that's making me tired or the long hours that I've been working!"
Carey has been taking the photos since Linda's initial diagnosis nine years ago. "I began taking the images to the cancer center, and the ladies that were with me in treatment really enjoyed them," Linda recalls. "It took us away from the reality of our situation for a moment, and made us laugh."
Years later, the pet project has become a small sensation. The couple is working to self-publish a book of the photos; the proceeds will go to breast cancer organizations.
"Oddly enough," Bob Carey writes on his website, "her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing ... we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others."
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