Lost Gloves

lostglovesthumb.jpgFor 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.

Why 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):

Gloves I found in 2009/2010

Gloves I found in 2008/2009

Gloves I found from 2006 to 2008

Gloves I found in 2005/2006

Gloves I found in 2004/2005


1. On Thursday, July 30, 2009, 16:13 by The Great One

Unique to say the least.

2. On Saturday, December 11, 2010, 01:11 by Trensota

How poignant!

3. On Saturday, January 29, 2011, 20:16 by ssmithers

I play this game in m own house alot. In a closed system they still wander off. Sometimes it takes years to reunite, but I still keep them and hope;

4. On Friday, January 18, 2013, 07:43 by Chris

I think your secretly just murdering people and keeping their gloves for your collection. NOBODY finds that many gloves... I'm on to you sir! The police have been notified.

5. On Sunday, January 20, 2013, 10:24 by Mike (for Atomic Shrimp)

It's worse than you think, Chris (although not in the way you suggest) - I've got another few hundred pictures of gloves that I haven't yet uploaded (been a while since I updated these galleries)Actually, this isn't a campaign of mass harm, but rather,

6. On Friday, March 8, 2013, 18:26 by Bluefish

Yes, but where do all the odd socks go?

7. On Saturday, April 20, 2013, 15:21 by casalba

You make me smile.

8. On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 04:31 by Sandi

I don't photograph them and never have.I have a bag of found gloves. I haven't had to buy gloves for many years. I pick up the lost glove, wash it and put it in the bag. When one of my other 'lost' gloves develops a hole, I replace it with one from

9. On Thursday, March 27, 2014, 18:57 by Emily

We find lost hats instead of gloves.

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