Sometimes when I turn on the news it feels like there is no good left in the world. And then I open For Love: 25 Heartwarming Celebrations of Humanity by Alice Yoo & Eugene Kim of My Modern Met and my faith in humankind is restored.
For a little #WednesdayWisdom come Mid-week pick-me-up we have the story of A Husband In a Pink Tutu to share with you*.
*we dare you not to well-up.
In 2003, Linda Carey was diagnosed with breast cancer. Stricken by the news, her photographer husband Bob Carey dedicated his photo series The Tutu Project to cheering her up.
The photographs feature Bob wearing nothing but a pink tutu in humorous situations like frolicking in the snow, lying in the center of Times Square, or standing among rows of corn in the middle of a field. The visual story was shared around the world as millions of viewers were touched by Bob’s act of love. The couple received thousands of e-mails, and though it’s hard to narrow down which one touched them the most, Linda remembers one in particular: “An eleven-year-old girl thanked us for making her mother smile as she went through chemotherapy. My heart was touched, and tears were flowing.”
Some say laughter is the best medicine, and this project is evidence that Bob and Linda have really embraced that motto. As Bob says, “Oddly enough, 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.”
Linda’s cancer reoccurred in 2006, and she has been fighting the disease ever since. The Careys have dedicated Bob’s photography to raising money for breast cancer research.
For Love is a collection of highly creative and incredibly moving visual stories from 25 contemporary photographers has been thoughtfully curated by Alice Yoo and Eugene Kim, founders of the leading art and culture blog My Modern Met. These photo essays capture magnificent displays of ordinary people-parents and children, husbands and wives, grandparents, friends, siblings, and pet owners-doing extraordinary things for love. From Batkid’s mission to save San Francisco, to the husband who wore a pink tutu all over the country to bring his sick wife joy, to a collection of portraits of people “happy at 100”, these heartwarming photographs will inspire boundless faith in humanity.