Dog eyes

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photographer Martin Usborne shot a very interesting series entitled Mute: Silence of Dogs in Cars where he tried to reflect on his childhood experience. Whenever his parents left him in the car, he used to have this terrifying feeling that no one would ever come back to pick him up. He used dogs as his subjects because their expressive eyes capture those same emotions he had as a child. Although the photos feel very real and sad, the series was shot in a studio with special lighting. I feel he was able to create the atmosphere of despair and isolation. I've never been left alone as a child but I remember being scared of dark rooms. My dad always left a little light on for the night so I could sleep well. Sweets, what were you afraid of as a child? xo

(via British Jurnal of Photography)

23 comments:

Heba said...

awww so cute!! the last photo is my favourite

And So I Whisper said...

Wow, great photos. The last one is a bit sad. The dog looks sad.

Nikki said...

That is so sad! I always get nervous about dogs in cars and walk up to make sure they're moving and not lethargic.

Your Dad is so sweet. I was afraid of aliens (still am) and when I'd ask my Dad to double check the window lock he'd say "Nik, if they come for you they'll come through the wall anyway". Lovely.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

so cute but so sad! :(

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

These really are great photos!They all look so sweet!

Amy said...

we were left in the car all the time as children, never bothered me and it was a different time back then.
Always had a nitelight and still do, lol
Fire, fire was always my fear and still is that and losing my cat.
I was scared to death of someone letting my kitty out.
I always had to sneak out of bed at night and go check to see if she was still in the house.
Amy

LCR said...

what powerful images... makes you imagine the experience not only of the animals, but of the artist's feelings and inspiration to photograph this.

Monica from Hola!design said...

I was and still am afraid of ghosts! is it silly?

this series is amazing...

Krystal said...

i swear bama's eyes look like this ALL THE TIME and it breaks my heart. he's such a needy pup so i feel like i'm always letting him down, haha :) did you have fun with your dad, is he still there?? paris was amazing :) thanks for asking!!! renting bikes and riding them around was my favorite!

heidi adnum said...

Adorable!

HiLLjO™ said...

Art... when something captures emotion in a visual way.

That first photo is ART.

What a unique visual analogy to his childhood feelings of fear.

Zayda said...

Great post!!! love those images!

Christianna said...

These dogs say it all, don't they? These pictures are so creative!

As a child, I wasn't afraid of much, if anything. Which was a big problem for me parents...

I actually love the feeling of being freaked out!

Diana said...

These dogs are so adorable! Their faces just reach out to you and speak to you. I saw a music video the other day where dogs were chasing after bad guys, it was awesome!

I was afraid of the dark too, sometimes I still freak myself out when I hear noises or see shadows on the wall! LOL...silly me!

kendall k. said...

Oh I remember our dog would give me the saddest look imaginable when we would leave her in the car. Really interesting photo shoot.
Hope you're well!

wallflower said...

Such a good series..

Shelley said...

So sad... I'm actually still afraid of ghosts. Creeps me out!

LyddieGal said...

awwwww. these photos really do make me so sad!
I can't leave my dog in the car - I shut the door once for just a second and the moment I did she just looked like she would die if I left her -- so we got our starbucks through the drive through instead.

Chic on the Cheap

Kimia Kline said...

aww yea i saw this a few months ago and thought it was so sweet.

Stephanie said...

Aww, these dogs just made my heart melt into a little puddle of goo. :-) My dog gives me the exact same look as the dog in the first photo every single time I leave the house!

Bride-onicles said...

What a cool shoot. I just love dogs and get those same look from ours everytime I leave the house. It makes me feel so guilty. I was always afraid of the dark and the closet (thought there were monsters in there)!!

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