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Man’s Best Friend, Mute

14 July 2011

I love photography and I love dogs, and I love photography of dogs. So it’s no real surprise that I really enjoyed a series of unique dog portraits taken by Martin Usborne for a series called Mute: the silence of dogs in cars. However, I did find the premise behind the series a bit unsettling: Martin had an inner fear of being alone and unheard that, combined with his affinity with animals, led him to empathise with, and be terrified by their inability to speak in situations of helplessness. To explore this theme, Martin set about creating a feeling of alone-ness in each photograph by isolating a dog within a car with the window locked. Martin used low light and dramatic lighting to create a rather eerie mood and ensured that the window had some sort of interesting texture on it. Here are some of the images from the series.

Prospero

Prince

Peggy

Bones

Flo

Alfie

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