Why does the sight of a dog sitting in a car tug at my heartstrings? Perhaps it is the longing gaze and posture. Maybe it is because dogs are so vulnerable and trusting, sometimes a tragic combination. Regardless of the reason, these images by London-based contemporary photographer Martin Usborne capture the melancholic moments of dogs waiting in cars.
“Dogs are emotionally honest. They don’t hide who they are. The dog in the car is a metaphor for those raw and dare I say it – animal – parts of ourselves that we keep locked away. But the images also say something about the way we control the animals in our lives,” says the empathic photographer.
A favorite on “Made In Slant” Martin has just finished a two year project “Dogs in Cars.” Although he has already been given a publishing deal by Kehrer Verlag, funds are needed to do a high quality printing. If you are interested in supporting this project, click - http://www.
For more on Martin’s work, see a previous post: “MUTE: the Silence of Dogs in Cars.”