KUSA - At first glance, Bob Carey's photographs may seem funny. He is a grown man wearing a pink tutu.
However, the message behind them is anything but comical. His wife of 26 years, Linda, has metastatic breast cancer, a treatable, but incurable form of the disease. Bob's photographs have become a form of self-therapy for him and a way for the two of them to help others impacted by the disease.
It all started in 2002 when Bob got an assignment for Ballet Arizona. The group asked Bob to photograph something that explained what he thought ballet was all about. He had the tutu made, and it just happened to be pink.
A year-and-a-half later, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. After that, he started to take more pictures of himself wearing the tutu.
"There's so many different emotions. There's melancholy. There's humor. There's loneliness. I think all of those appeal to people who are going through this journey and even those who are that aren't dealing with cancer," Linda said.
Linda took many of Bob's pictures to cancer centers to share with other patients. She says they loved the photos, and it really helped them pass the time. That's when she and Bob got the idea to publish a book of the tutu photos and put them in cancer centers across the country.
"Ballerina" contains more than 60 images from the first nine years of the Tutu Project. Part of the proceeds go to the Carey Foundation, a nonprofit group which Linda and Bob started. It helps families impacted by the disease.
To learn more about the Tutu Project: http://www.thetutuproject.com/.