Martin Usborne's photographs that capture the silence and sadness of dogs in cars

All images courtesy of Martin Usborne. Via Creative Boom submission

Martin Usborne is a London-based photographer whose key interest is man's relationship to animals.

Although his imagery is sometimes dark - capturing the way in which we silence, control or distance ourselves from animals - his work strives for a hint of humour. This particular series called 'The Silence of Dogs in Cars' relates to his experience when he was once left in a car at a young age, and wondered if anyone would come back - even though he was loved as a child and someone did.

He explains: "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 is currently spending a year to see how many animals he can save in 365 days. Read his ongoing blog here.