the silence of dogs in cars by martin usborne the silence of dogs in cars by martin usborne
apr 02, 2013

the silence of dogs in cars by martin usborne

‘the silence of dogs’ in cars by martin usborneprospero 2, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne




martin usbornethe little black gallery, londonmarch 19th to april 27th, 2013



influenced by a childhood memory of waiting in a car whilst his parents were shopping in a supermarket, london-based artist martin usborne’s photographs focus on the ever-curious relationship between humans and other animals. the project titled ‘the silence of dogs in cars’ captures usborne’s expressive fear of being alone and unheard. documented in a series of portraits, the collection of images re-visits the scenario of experiencing what the artist couldn’t bear as a child –  highlighting the many subtle reactions by dogs being left locked inside a vehicle: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected.


‘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 a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only,’ says usborne, ‘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.’



dasher, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne



margaux, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne



prospero, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne



hector, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne



burt, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne



milo, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne



pico, 201224” x 36” C type printedition of 10image © martin usborne

  • Beautiful work. Animal sadness.

    Atelier Argos says:
  • ‘some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected…’ and some just being DOGS. They don’t HAVE expressions. They’re dogs. Stop anthropomorphising.
    However, these ARE great photographs…

    Chris Jones says:
  • Stop anthropomorphising? Why? That’s no fun!

    Cher says:
  • What do you mean they dont have expressions?? Chris Jones A.??

    Leeya says:
  • yes, I like. nice fotos. I feel that it could have been taken a bit further, maybe with more actual expressions, because it seems the majority look quite similar. also, what about the cars with TWO or more dogs in them? but I can see where this is going, perhaps for the second: babies…?

    maynard james keenan says:
  • Of course dogs have expresseions, it is well documented. This line is obviously written by someone who does not have a dog, and probably doesn’t like dogs. Science says they have expressions, and dog owners know they do.

    Evelyn M says:
  • If you want inexpressive things in a car, it should be the car keys, the nice expression will be the one that just locked the car.

    I see expression in the face of hector, maybe it’s me, cos i’am a dog person. Chris probably s talking about the cats though.

    Nice pics martin, thanks 4 sharing.

    Martin Carmona says:
  • i hope to be joke,animals to stay alone to cars….

    kosmadopou despina says:
  • “anthropomorphising” great word!! and great photos.

    Matt says:
  • Great pictures they’re hilarious in a beautiful sort of way

    Scott says:
  • Furry dice are expressionless………

    Simonskyman says:
  • Beautifull pictures, Martin.

    T R Dahle says:
  • Very good photos, clear story, new idea … love it!

    Maya says:
  • actually dogs or their expressions as such–at best should not be considered anthropomorphous for the obvious fear of being reduced to a darned despicable race…dogs are godly creatures and they should remain so. wonderful pics martin. thanks!

    james says:

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