The pink tutu project: Saddle River photographer helps wife, others fighting breast cancer
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY MARCH 5, 2014, 11:20 AM
BY SACHI FUJIMORI
On a quiet afternoon in April 2012, Ridgewood police were dispatched to the town’s half-empty swimming hole, Graydon Pool, after receiving several calls that a man was standing on the high dive wearing nothing but a pink tutu.
The man, Saddle River’s Bob Carey, a 53-year-old with the physique of someone who hasn’t exactly been pumping iron daily at the gym, had a very good reason to be teetering on the high dive in pink tulle. He was doing it for his wife, Linda, who has breast cancer.
Since 2003, when Linda was first diagnosed, Carey, a professional photographer, has been shooting a series of self-portraits where he stands in picturesque and sometimes surprising locations wearing a pink tutu and nothing else, save for pink gym shorts underneath. He calls it the Tutu Project. Proceeds from the photographs benefit women with breast cancer and their families.