Bathroom. Carmelite Monastery of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 2010

The Carmelite Monastery is where the Santa Fe Photography Workshops is held throughout the year.  I have been going there since 1996 and those workshops pretty much changed my life by introducing me to the most, talented photographers and students I have ever met.  World renowned photographers like Mary Ellen MarkAlbert Watson, Nadav Kander, and  many,  many more that I still admire and am in touch with today.  Including of course Laurie Kratochvil, the amazing picture editor for my book.

I loved arriving there because the nuns would wave to us when we would drive by as they were mowing the lawn, no joking!!  I have been using that bathroom since 1996 and always loved the angles and lighting in there.  Decided to throw on the tutu and see what I could get.  I just kept moving around the bathroom until I found the right angle.

The reaction to this image is always interesting.  I guess I do have a “what am I doing in this tutu” look about me.  It is lonely, but what I see the most are the amazing lines in this bathroom and the contrast in color.

What does it make you feel?  

How would you caption it?

~ Bob Carey

This image was included in Bob’s photography book, Ballerina, dedicated to women with breast cancer. >>>

Tutu Project for Breast Cancer

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36 Responses to Bathroom. Carmelite Monastery of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 2010

  1. marcelashine September 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Bob, I didn’t appreciate this image until I noticed that all the lines in it lead to the top of a perfect triangle.  Even the shadows it the image meet at that point.  it’s brilliant.

  2. thetutuproject September 10, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    We LOVE this caption from Bob Holt on our FB page:  “They told me this would happen if i drank again.” Made us CRACK up!

  3. Peggy Stagner Jupp September 10, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Those Monks know how to party! Too many Sacramental wine toasts last night!

  4. CarolMurchie September 10, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    “I’m hiding from the TSA guys–they still think they need to pat me down for a concealed weapon!”

  5. Erin Narloch September 10, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    “Fluorescent lighting makes me look amazing!” – said no one EVER.

  6. Victoria Moor Gambrell September 10, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Whoa..That last pirouette made me really dizzy…

  7. DarrellEager September 10, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”

  8. Mezzalynn September 10, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    What I see for this image is.  “Can’t stop now, the fight (against breast cancer) must go on.”

  9. Patricia Wycoff September 10, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Whew. Still looking manly, thank goodness.

  10. Patricia Wycoff September 10, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Bob, only you can carry off the tutu look and still be all male. 🙂

  11. KLInIdaho September 10, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I CAN BE the Black Swan!

  12. Linda Cromarty September 10, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    “God sees the beauty in everyone & loves you just the way you are”♥

  13. Luly Bhatt September 10, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    “Mirror Mirror on the wall…”

  14. Lee Kristina Toepfer September 10, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Wow, those screaming groupies can really wear a person out….

  15. Theresa Armbrust Bush September 10, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I know there was drinking…but where did the tutu come from?

  16. Jim Greer September 10, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    “I’m not alone, because there I am!”

  17. Gwynette Rosa September 10, 2013 at 11:16 am #


  18. Barbara Murphy Bundy September 10, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    “Does this Tutu make my ankles look big?”

  19. Theresa Armbrust-Bush September 10, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I knew there as drinking…but where did the tutu come from?

  20. Kristian Kauker September 10, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Looking deep into the soul and seeing all the greatness that resides there.

  21. Kindra Rakes September 10, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I think this wrinkle cream is working!

  22. Kindra Rakes September 10, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    C’mon, you can do this…you’ve got this. Now get out there and twirl like no man has twirled before!

  23. Kindra Rakes September 10, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Me eyebrows need waxing

  24. Barbara Taboada September 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    ” i am not giving up “

  25. Robin Carroll September 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    ” I am Love”

  26. Malinda Miller September 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Gotta go number one or number “tutu”?

  27. Ginger Koory September 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Because I love & support her—that’d be my caption. I read the story about this man.

  28. Cheryl Eklund Fraunhofer September 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I don’t like this one. Much prefer the ones where you are out in nature.

  29. Ruth Adrienne Thorpe September 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Now how will the nuns react to my tutu?

  30. Angela Pearson September 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    You are smart enough, you are good enough and darn it, people like you! Go out and shine. Knock’em on their tutus!

  31. Angela Pearson September 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I thought I was posting this on the rest of the comments and not a reply @@ I do want to know how the nuns will react 🙂

  32. Beverley Smith September 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Does my bum look too big in this ?

  33. Jody Mouser Chadwell September 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    what did I come in here for??

  34. Janet White September 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    “I feel pretty… oh so pretty… I feel pretty and witty and gaaaaaay… and I pity any girl who isn’t me today!”

  35. Val Roberts September 11, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    I should NOT have tried THAT at the barre

  36. Val Roberts September 11, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Oh my…monks really do wear red underwear

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