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Big Glove: I Need Your Photographic Assistance


16th and L streets NW

I have already confessed my obsession with the flotsam and jetsam that speckles our landscape. We are what we throw away, I believe. We're also what we lose and this time of year I'm always taken by personal objects that become separated from their owners, specifically gloves.

While I lived in England I documented The Lost Gloves of Oxford, a sad collection of photographs of forlorn gloves. I've been doing the same thing here in Washington and I want your help. If you see a lone glove or mitten resting on a sidewalk or in the gutter, snap a photo of it and e-mail it to me at along with a brief description of where you saw it. When winter finally ends I'll post a gallery. (I've included a few examples that I've captured so far this winter.)


Sligo Creek path, Silver Spring

The object isn't to reunite owners with their errant gloves but to explore the strange beauty of a single glove against a stark background. Here is something intended to give warmth, now cruelly separated from its master and alone in a punishing environment. If I get enough submissions, perhaps I'll produce a limited-edition art print, like one of those "Pub Doors of Dublin" posters.

Embarrassed to be seen taking a photograph of a lost glove on a city street? Don't be. We are artists, after all.


15th and M streets NW

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By John Kelly  |  January 8, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
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Does anyone else always seem to lose a glove for a particular hand? I always seem to lose a left-handed glove.

Interestingly, it appears that in two of the three picture above (and possible even the third), those are left-handed gloves.

Posted by: staxowax | January 8, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

That's a pretty nice glove in that third picture. I still have a couple pair of knit gloves that I paid a dollar a pair for when Ames Department store was still open. Never lost any of those gloves ... go figure.

Posted by: justhere | January 8, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

You have heightened my awareness of my gloves and stowing them safely on hand or in purse! Thanks.

Posted by: OldLady1 | January 10, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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