For all of you dog lovers out there, this one is for you. I’m more of a cat lover myself, but these photographs of dogs by photographer, Martin Usborne are making me give them a second chance, as they just look so sad and lonely.
In his photo series The Silence of Dogs in Cars, Martin captures the moments when our pooches longingly await our return to the car, after leaving them in there to run errands. The dark and gloomy atmosphere creates an even more depressing shot. Although I’m a happy person, who doesn’t like to see any animal is distress, I think Martin illustrated the dogs emotions perfectly.
Martin is also on a mission to help save man’s best friend from the illegal dog meat trade. Check out his blog A Year To Help, where he documents his dog philanthropy. Currently he’s trying to bring home a puppy that he named Mango from the Philippines. Also you can take a look at more of his The Silence of Dogs in Cars series on his website.
I saw a TV documentary that included footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back. When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. What I didn’t expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside.