The Silence of Dogs in Cars: An Interview With Martin Usborne

5

Martin Usborne has always had a preoccupation with animals. His interest in how we control and silence animals is portrayed in his latest body of work which has been turned into a book. Martin took some time to answer some questions for us, take a look after the jump.

There is a strong psychological component to his images and the animal subjects within them can often be taken to represent parts of our psyche – the hidden, rawer aspects of ourselves that we keep locked away.

Hector Photo by Martin Usborne

How did you get into photography in the first place?

I have always enjoyed photography as a hobby and as an art form but it wasn’t until I saw a William Eggleston exhibition that I was truly moved by it. I saw how he made boring stuff beautiful and I was impressed by the incredible power photography can have.

How long have you been a professional photographer?

10 years

What is the biggest obstacle for a professional photographer and how did you overcome it?

Time and money. Difficult to mix personal projects with money jobs to sustain yourself – but if you don’t pursue your personal projects you can’t grow or improve creatively or technically. The only way to overcome it is sheer will and determination. The photographer’s life can be a lonely one and the susceptibility to self-doubt is difficult. The internal challenges are the hardest.

Your website says you are interested in the “ever-curious and often disturbing relationship between humans and other animals”, what drew you to this subject?

I am fascinated by animals partly because I identify with their vulnerability – how they have no voice. This interest in animals is paralleled in my interest in my own psyche – how the animals around us can represent deeper parts of ourselves.

Buzz, Shep, Nelson, Maus, Jackson, Dasher Photos By Martin Usborne

Your latest book, The Silence of Dogs in Cars is launching soon. How do you go about creating a photography book? How long did the project take to create (from concept to execution)?

3 years to make, 4 years before that as an idea. A lot of time needed to create images – both creatively and physically.

What would be your 5 tips for someone trying to create a photography book?

  • Be true to yourself – opportunity to express yourself
  • Don’t expect any money out of it
  • Be prepared to self publish – publishers not commercially viable
  • Don’t be disheartened when it’s difficult even when you’re very talented
  • Make the book as precious as you can – don’t compromise on production – the currency is in the physical product

Martin Usborne (b.1973) lives and works in London. He trained in architecture and 3D animation before settling on photography. Following the huge online success and popularity of his series ‘The Silence of Dogs in Cars’ Kehrer Verlag are releasing the series as a large format book in October 2012. Nazraeli Press will also be publishing a small book in late 2012 from Martin’s series ‘Dead or Alive’ entitled Fox About Town. He has published two other books prior to this.

written by gabysalas on 2012-11-09 in #lifestyle #martin-usborne #the-silence-of-dogs-in-cars #interview #photobooks #photographer

5 Comments

  1. tattso
    tattso ·

    Amazing photos.

  2. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    great series

  3. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful photos!!

  4. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    great photos. inspiring interview :)

  5. mami-iraha
    mami-iraha ·

    great!

More Interesting Articles

  • A Chat with the Founder of STENOFLEX, Eric Marais

    written by jacobs on 2015-03-04 in #people #lifestyle
    A Chat with the Founder of STENOFLEX, Eric Marais

    Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!

    1
  • The Bokeh Effect and James Petrozzello

    written by givesmehell on 2015-05-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    The Bokeh Effect and James Petrozzello

    James Petrozzello is a New York based photographer currently residing in Brooklyn. He is a full time photographer and has shot portraits of Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton, Wane Gretzky, and Shaquille O’Neal, among others. He took a different approach to shooting with the Petzval Lens and tells us of his unique but interesting series of photographs in this interview.

  • Coloring Outside the Lines with LomoAmigo Tim Kerr

    written by jacobs on 2015-02-16 in #people #lomoamigos
    Coloring Outside the Lines with LomoAmigo Tim Kerr

    We recently had the great opportunity to interview our latest LomoAmigo, Tim Kerr. While his repertoire stretches back to the late 1970's and includes that of musician, artist, painter, photographer, skater and many other things, he just prefers Tim! We gave him a La Sardina DIY, which he not only added his own style to, but shot some excellent photos with as well. Rife with candid and thoughtful answers, we expect everyone will glean a nugget of wisdom and leave with a smile.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-12-08 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    Chris Pollard is a fashion photographer who, despite his exposure to the fast-paced world of runways and fashion, still has a passion for film photography. He expressed a keen interest in testing the New Petzval Lens, and we were more than glad to let him try it for himself. He shares photos ad answers a few questions in this exclusive feature.

  • Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-09-23 in #people #lomoamigos
    Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    It's a huge pleasure to introduce our latest LomoAmigo, the fantastically gifted musician James Vincent McMorrow. This year, James launched his new album 'Post Tropical' and we couldn't wait to put a La Sardina camera in hands to play with for the Summer. He took the camera with him on his tour and snapped some truly cool shots. Check them out and read our interview with James below!

  • Pieces of Berlin Make Their Way to NYC

    written by efrost on 2014-09-29 in #people #events
    Pieces of Berlin Make Their Way to NYC

    Photographer Florian Reischauer is no stranger to the Lomography community. In 2013, our LomoAmigo took a Lubitel 166+ out for a spin and told us about his famous blog, "Pieces of Berlin". A few years earlier, he took time to take part in the 5 Questions on Analogue Photographyseries. Now, we’re here to give you the latest scoop on Florian Reischauer and his next appearance in NYC to present his new book which was based off of his blog, "Pieces of Berlin 2009-2013".

  • Shop News

    Feed your LC-A 120 the finest emulsions and save!

    Feed your LC-A 120 the finest emulsions and save!

    Shoot more with LC-A 120 without breaking your budget! The Phoblographer Editor’s Choice Award Winner now comes in a Bundle with 120 format film at 15% off!

  • Lomo'Instant LomoAmigo: Fivi Lai

    written by sanamiii on 2014-11-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    Lomo'Instant LomoAmigo: Fivi Lai

    The world's most creative instant camera – the Lomo'Instant — is now available at both Lomography Online stores & Gallery Stores worldwide! Lomography Hong Kong has invited a few popular locals to try this instant camera, and one of them is fashion and graphic designer Fivi Lai. Fivi answers a few questions in this exclusive interview, and shares quite a few of her creative instant snaps taken with the Lomo’Instant.

  • Lomo’Instant Quick Shots by Nils of Lomography France

    written by lomographyfrance on 2014-11-01 in #reviews
    Lomo’Instant Quick Shots by Nils of Lomography France

    Nils, our amazing new staff member from Lomography France. Aside from photography, he likes pizza, surfing, and fireworks. He recently took the Lomo'Instant for a spin in Paris. In the narrow streets, he had some funny encounters and had a great time with multiple exposures. He now shares with us his first impressions!

  • 'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    written by zonderbar on 2014-10-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    'Stilpirat' Steffen Böttcher Lures the Lomography Petzval Lens to France

    Steffen Böttcher's blog is already home to some very beautiful portraits taken with the New Petzval Lens. But the Petzval does so much more than just taking beautiful portraits; Böttcher recently took the lens with him on a mobile home adventure across the South of France. Find out more about the German photographer and his road trip in this exclusive interview.

  • Shop News

    110 Experiment Kit

    110 Experiment Kit

    With this bundle, you can choose a camera, film and accessories to spice up your 110 shooting experience!

  • Liron Peretz Takes the New Petzval Lens to Berlin Fashion Week

    written by zonderbar on 2015-03-02 in #people #lomoamigos
    Liron Peretz Takes the New Petzval Lens to Berlin Fashion Week

    Liron Peretz is a talented Berlin-based fashion photographer who has been covering Fashion Week events for the last three years. For Lomography, she took the New Petzval Lens to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. Find out how she got along with it in this exclusive interview and see some of her beautiful backstage photos!

  • RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-11 in #news
    RYU x RIO: World Cup 2014 on Kodak Aerochrome Film

    Weeks have passed and yet Germans are still celebrating the victory of their heroic football team. Shortly before the World Cup started, we took notice of an interesting photography project on Kickstarter. Berlin-based sports photographer Ryu Voelkel called for help to create a football photography book like no other. The campaign was successfully funded. Ryu made his way to Brazil and came back with amazing shots including some very special Kodak Aerochrome photographs. Meet Ryu and learn more about him and his special moments at the WC 2014.

    1
  • The Lomo LC-A 120 and C.S. Muncy

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    The Lomo LC-A 120 and C.S. Muncy

    C.S. Muncy is a freelance photojournalist based in New York City. He has done some incredible work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, among others. In this short interview, we will find out about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120!

    3