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

September 9, 2013

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. >>>


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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Peggy Stagner Jupp

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

  • CarolMurchie

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

  • Erin Narloch

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

  • Victoria Moor Gambrell

    Whoa..That last pirouette made me really dizzy…

  • DarrellEager

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

  • Mezzalynn

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

  • Patricia Wycoff

    Whew. Still looking manly, thank goodness.

  • Patricia Wycoff

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

  • KLInIdaho

    I CAN BE the Black Swan!

  • Linda Cromarty

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

  • Luly Bhatt

    “Mirror Mirror on the wall…”

  • Lee Kristina Toepfer

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

  • Theresa Armbrust Bush

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

  • Jim Greer

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

  • Gwynette Rosa


  • Barbara Murphy Bundy

    “Does this Tutu make my ankles look big?”

  • Theresa Armbrust-Bush

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

  • Kristian Kauker

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

  • Kindra Rakes

    I think this wrinkle cream is working!

  • Kindra Rakes

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

  • Kindra Rakes

    Me eyebrows need waxing

  • Barbara Taboada

    ” i am not giving up “

  • Robin Carroll

    ” I am Love”

  • Malinda Miller

    Gotta go number one or number “tutu”?

  • Ginger Koory

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

  • Cheryl Eklund Fraunhofer

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

  • Ruth Adrienne Thorpe

    Now how will the nuns react to my tutu?

  • Angela Pearson

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

  • Angela Pearson

    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 🙂

  • Beverley Smith

    Does my bum look too big in this ?

  • Jody Mouser Chadwell

    what did I come in here for??

  • Janet White

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

  • Val Roberts

    I should NOT have tried THAT at the barre

  • Val Roberts

    Oh my…monks really do wear red underwear

  • Hedwig9

    Lovely, heartfelt project. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for visiting our site and letting us know you like this image! xoxo Best of health to you and your family.

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