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Martin Usborne : “MUTE: the silence of dogs in cars” Series

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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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“Dogs in Cars” Series
Martin Usborne
Photograph
2010
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I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside Tesco’s, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. It seems trivial now but in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever. Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I remember watching television and seeing 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. It’s muteness absolutely terrified me. I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is quite clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard. Perhaps this is a fear we all share on some level, I am not sure.

The images in this series explore that feeling, both in relation to myself and to animals in general. The camera is the perfect tool for capturing a sense of silence and longing: the shutter freezes the subject for ever and two layers of glass are placed between the viewer and the viewed: the glass of the lens, the glass of the picture frame and, in this instance, the glass of the car window further isolates the animal. The dog is truly trapped. When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. 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. I hope that these pictures are engaging and perhaps a little amusing. I want to show that there is life in the dark places within us. I will stop writing now and you can stop reading. Words can only get us so far. After all, we are all animals. – Martin Usborne, September, 2010.

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Martin Usborne : Website

The Making of ‘Dogs in Cars’ : Vimeo

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2 Responses to “Martin Usborne : “MUTE: the silence of dogs in cars” Series”


  1. July 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    another great series. great idea and very well executed

  2. July 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    This was a great series – unusual and caught my eye amongst all the other art I follow – the first above all. and the fifth


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