Most people balk at leaving a dog alone in a parked car for many a good reason; dangers of overheating or freezing, dog-napping, and yes, loneliness. London-based fine art photographer and animal lover /activist Martin Usborne, captures the forlorn and melancholy beauty of these poignant animals in his 96 page hardcover photo book 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."- Martin Usborne
Martin Usborne's photo series consists of over forty-five images of dogs gazing silently through car windows, often in the dead of night. The images, which are staged and highly cinematic, evoke a mood of loneliness and longing. They are not so much portraits of dogs as studies in separation: on one level referring to the separation between humans and (other) animals but on another the separation within ourselves, between our everyday selves and the rawer (more animal) parts that we keep locked away. The photographs draw on the work of Edward Hopper and Gregory Crewdson.
"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." - Martin Usborne
More images from the book below:
Purchase the book The Silence of Dogs in Cars
images courtesy of Martin Usborne's Facebook page, with a few additional images from National Traveller
I first introduced you to the talented balancing Coonhound named Maddie and her owner/photographer Theron Humphrey a ways back with 33 fabulous images. In that post I said the photos were begging to be a book and knew it would not be long before Maddie was atop shelves in bookstores as well as atop various items and objects.
Maddie is a sweet-tempered dog who has accompanied her owner, Theron, on a yearlong, cross-country trip while he worked on a photojournalism project. In his spare time, Theron took photos of Maddie doing what she does best: standing on things.
From bicycles to giant watermelons to horses to people, there really isn't anything that Maddie won't stand on with grace and patience.
The beautifully photographed and compelling images of Maddie are now bound into a hardcover book. The poignant Instagram photos of this beautiful dog and her offbeat poses have captured the imagination of all those who long for a road trip with a good dog for company. Maddie on Things celebrates the strange talent of one special dog and will resonate with any dog lover who appreciates the quirky hearts (and extraordinary balance) of canines.
Buy Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics.
I love Snurk Bedding - as you can tell by the not one, but two previous posts I wrote about their trompe l'oeil bedding.
above: Snurk's first bedding design, the Homeless Duvet
above: the Laundry Series by Snurk appears to have various clean whites tossed upon the bed
The Holland-based company designs duvets and pillowcases that are made in Portugal of 100% high quality soft percale cotton. Digitally printed with photographic images that mislead the eye, they are designed to be color-fast, even after multiple washings.
Now, they've added two new designs since my last post on them - 'Bob' and 'Granny', shown below.
Bob is the best kind of dog. He's cute, cuddly and curled up atop your bed. He doesn't need baths, or treats- or even walks. He'll keep you company morning, noon and night with no worry about fleas.
Bob's photo shoot:
Granny is a digital photographic print of a crocheted cover. Complete with the coziness and homemade look of an afghan hand crafted by your own grandma.
The Snurk designers with Granny:
100% soft cotton
digitally printed, color-fast, even after multiple washings
printed on the front with a white back
not suitable for the dryer
produced in an eco-friendly manner
washable at 40°C
Buy Snurk bedding at Design 3000
or direct from their website at Snurk
My regular readers and personal friends all know how I feel about dogs: I'm crazy for them. I share my life with Indie, my second jack russell terrier, a rescue who likes eating paper and chasing her tail. My first dog, a jack russell terrier named Abbey, passed away at age 14 a year and a half ago, and I found that having dogs in my life truly enhances all aspects of it.
Pedigree feels the same way (their great ad campaign from the talented people at TBWA/Chiat Day is proof of that) and with their Dogs Rule Day is celebrating that very fact.
They have organized an actual International Holiday for Dogs to be celebrated on October 11th of this year- and hopefully each year in the future.
And why not? We have father's, mother's and grandparents day. Hell we even have arbor day (yep, a day for trees). Don't our furry friends deserve to have one day a year set aside to lay around and do nothing? Oh, wait.. that's what they do every day. Nevertheless, I love the concept of a Dogs Rule Day.
To celebrate, Dogs Rule Day has a site where people can upload images of their four legged companions complete with sweet (or not-so-sweet) stories about them.
The site also contains posters you can print out and post up, wallpaper for your computer and even an avatar you can download.
For those of you who have no idea how to revel in this canine celebration, never fear. Their list of 101 ways to celebrate the day is hilarious. For example, my personal favorite: Tip #13. If you have a Border Collie, pretend to be a sheep.
Of course, a holiday isn't official until you wear it emblazoned on a T-shirt:
Buy yours here.
Like Pedigree, I do believe that dogs make the world a better place. So join in the celebration, share your story, buy a t-shirt, download a poster, or rub a random dog's belly.
The Official Dogs Rule Day site.
Join the celebration on facebook here.
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