Martin Usborne

1973 , UK
The Silence of Dogs in Cars, 2013
Where Hunting Dogs Rest, 2015
Shot in a style that references the tone and mood of Velázquez
who painted at a time when these dogs were treated with
great respect, Martin Usborne’s photographs show both the
classical beauty of the animals but also the ugliness of their
modern situation – their bodies are weakened, their
expressions fearful. The dogs in these pictures are the fortunate
ones – they have found a place to rest and recuperate. The
landscapes bear testament to those less fortunate animals
who find a different kind of rest beside the roads, in the rivers,
or out in the open plains.