By Mike on Sunday, December 5, 2010, 19:38 - Permalink
For some years now, I've been collecting something - this probably is as close to a permanent hobby as I've ever come.
I collect photographs of lost or abandoned gloves.
Well, perhaps unlike most other garments, gloves - when unworn - retain a very strong identity of the body part that they are intended to clothe - a red builder's glove, lying there flattened in the road seems like an accidentally severed hand.
Lost gloves are such profoundly sad and lost objects; a child's dropped mitten, impaled on the spike of a metal railing (put there no doubt by some helpful passer-by) seems to be waving, crying out in desperation - not only to be reunited with its owner's hand, but with its opposite of the pair.
Have You Found A Glove?
Have you ever found a lost glove?
If you've never noticed them before, I bet you will now - they're everywhere - and now the idea is in your head, you won't be able to avoid seeing them.
Lost glove photos - click on any image in the galleries to open it in the slideshow viewer (most recently-added photos are at the top - scroll right to the page bottom for the archives...)
Gloves I found in 2010
Gloves Others Have Submitted
Submitting A Lost Glove Photo
I'll be delighted to receive your submitted pictures of lost gloves. A few helpful guidelines:
- It must be truly lost or abandoned, and it must be a glove (sorry, no socks, shoes, hats, etc)
- Where possible, photograph it exactly as found - before moving it
- Note the location, type of glove, left or right hand
- BE SAFE - do not endanger lives (your own, or others) by stopping your car to snap a lost glove in the fast lane of the motorway, or clambering over a cliff edge or any other dangerous or stupid place
- Unfortunately, I can't expose an email address on this site any more, as it just becomes a target for spam - so if you'd like to submit a glove phot you've found, please contact me using the contact link top right - I'll reply with an email address you can send the photo to. Sorry that's more complex than it ought to be.
Also, please be aware that when you take photos of lost gloves - this I know from experience - people will look at you funny.
Here are some of the gloves I have found previously (each archive contains 100 pictures):