Il tema dell’abbandono è sempre di grande attualità, purtroppo.
Il modo in cui Martin Usborne, fotografo residente a Londra, tratta questo tema drammatico, ci ha colpito in modo particolare.
Quando un amante degli animali è anche un artista, il risultato è sorprendente. Così nasce The Silence of Dogs in Cars, una raccolta di fotografie che ritraggono cani abbandonati in auto.
Se, come noi, ritenete che i nostri animali siano essenziali per completare l’esistenza, vi farete emozionare da questi scatti.
Questo il link al sito con le immagini realizzate: Dogs In Cars | Martin Usborne
Maus © Martin Usborne
Alfie © Martin Usborne
Prospero © Martin Usborne
Bones © Martin Usborne
Attualmente Martin è impegnato in un progetto particolare “A year to help” (un anno per aiutare), ovvero, “quanti animali può salvare un solo uomo in 365 giorni?”
The Silence of Dogs in Cars
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. 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.
Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I saw a TV documentary that included 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.
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.
When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. 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.
There is life in the darkest places inside us.
© Martin Usborne