Who the heck is that guy running around in a pink tutu and what is he up to?
You may have asked yourself that question in recent weeks as Arizona native Bob Carey's photography has made its way around the Internet and news publications with his latest venture, "The Tutu Project".
Jackalope Ranch Editor and staff blogger, Claire Lawton, caught up with Carey during a recent visit to Phoenix. Carey, who now lives in New York, was in town for a lecture at Phoenix College.
Here's an excerpt from this week's arts feature in the print edition.
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Carey made a name for himself in commercial photography and fine art photography that features his emotive, isolated self-portraiture. For a self-titled series that's been featured everywhere from a university museum to a fancy restaurant (more on that later), Carey shaved his entire body, painted himself silver, and tightly wrapped his head and torso with thick fishing line. His skin burst between the tightly wrapped wire, his facial expressions are excruciating, but he says the fishing line -- and the series -- was all about keeping himself together ("Unhairy Carey," Kathleen Vanesian, October 14, 1999).
Photography was a passion he discovered during a dark time, and he continued to use it as a means of therapy and self-expression. His outlet became increasingly important when his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003.
Read the full Bob Carey feature from the print edition.