Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

We all have experiences from childhood, good and bad, that have stayed with us all our lives. For London photographer Martin Usborne, it was being left in a car at a young age.

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Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

“I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably fifteen minutes only,” recounts Usborne. “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.”

Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

While he went on to live a happy childhood despite this isolated experience, Usborne decided to revisit his fear of being alone and unheard in an evocative photo series titled The Silence of Dogs in Cars. Having a deep affinity for animals, he recreates the sentiment of abandonment that affects everyone, people and animals alike.

Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

Thankfully, the dogs in the photographs weren’t actually locked in cars by their owners: they were matched with certain cars to create a harmonious, cinematic image. Though staged, the reactions of each dog — sad, expectant, angry or dejected — tug at our hearts, because they are so relatable, and so like us.

Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car
Photographer Martin Usborne Revisits A Childhood Fear Of Being Left Alone In A Car

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