In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are publishing a series of Bob’s “On Location” stories.

The Tutu Project image

We were in the Rockaway’s 4 years ago and I saw this lovely scene: a peaceful boat dock and a defunct boat dealership. The buildings in the back were nice and graphic, just how I like it. It was an overcast steamy day, the closer I got the more I could smell the ‘wonderful’ BLACK water.

I knew where I wanted to be which is usually in the center of the image. I love to break the rules… one of the classic photography rules is NEVER put the subject of the shot in the center. Well, one of my rules is ALWAYS to put something in the center, wether it is the subject , an edge of a building, a pole, anything as long as there is a center point.

Anyway! I worked my way over to where I wanted to be, sat down and reluctantly put my feet into the water.  I alway love to show some sort of interaction in my photographs and naturally with this shot it would be a playful interaction; I planned to kick my feet in the water like a kid, which if you couldn’t tell by now I am very kid-like, something I take a lot of pride in!  While I was doing this I noticed the big bloated dead rat floating in the water, (which really didn’t surprise me).  At that point I knew I was DONE with this shot. :-)b

This image was included in Ballerina, the collection of Bob’s self-portraits dedicated Every purchase donates a percent to the Carey Foundation for women with breast cancer.




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