Fine art photographer Martin Usborne has a unique vision of man's best friend. His book "The Silence of Dogs in Cars" is a entrancingly intense emotional study based on his memory of being once once left in a car as a child. "I don't know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don't matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. The fear I felt was strong: in a child's mind it is possible to be alone forever."
That deep-seated fear and his affinity for dogs led to his often dark series of images where very often the canines look sad or bereft, gazing forlornly through car windows, but really show a range of emotions... not unlike humans. The cinematic photos reinforce the connection between people and dogs.
Just keep in mind that no dogs were "harmed" in the making of these photos... all the photos are staged.
When the London-based Martin Usborne, who specializes in portraiture and animal photography, came up with the idea for the series of fine art images he first thought to look for real dogs abandoned in cars. He ended up staging the images to duplicate his own experience and fear of being left in a car.
The cars seemingly act as emotion incubators in which one sees many entirely relatable expressions and reactions. The images, shot over three years, emphasize the connection between dogs and humans.