“Another breathtaking opportunity with “Trigger”, Willie Nelson’s Guitar at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Newark, New Jersey. June 12th, 2013.
Thanks to Mickey Raphael for introducing me to his good friends photographer Bob Carey, and his wife Linda Lancaster-Carey, and the TuTu Project.
The mission of The Tutu Project™ is to support the fund raising efforts of The Carey Foundation for women with breast cancer. We strive to bring laughter and understanding to a community that has endured far too much.
With proceeds from the sale of the Trigger photograph (postcards, prints, more), Bob and Linda will be making a donation to HERA, in honor of their friend Brenda Price. To learn more about the work of HERA, visit their website:
To find out how to purchase Trigger post cards, Trigger Print, and support these important causes:
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 ten years ago my wife, Linda, and I moved to the East Coast and, as odd as it may sound it, 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 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 people 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.
This autumn, I will self-publish Ballerina. The net proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to breast cancer organizations, including Cancercare.org and the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Fund, that make significant differences in the lives of women with breast cancer and in the people who love them. Our goal is to raise $75,000. But we need your help to seed the book project so it will take root and grow—and positively affect these families.
“Thank you once again to everyone at The American Ballet and the The Metropolitan Opera House. We hope to honor your kindness by sharing this print with the world.”
— Best, Bob Carey :)b