Photographer Martin Usborne’s series “Mute: The Silence of Dogs in Cars” is haunting, and definitely pulls at the heartstrings of a dog person such as myself. He explains the series this way:
I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long…probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. 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 TV 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 terrified me. I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard.
The images in this series explore that feeling, both in relation to myself and to animals in general..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.