After some feedback on the first draft and a couple of days of thinking about it I’ve done an alternative version. The main differences are:

  • a new title ‘Both are lost’ (from the poem line that opens the intro text)
  • coloured backgrounds for the text statements

The reason for the latter is that I felt that the text still resembled a caption more than an ‘equivalent’ and so I wanted a way of visually tying it into the picture better – to see text and image as a ‘pair’.

I’m away now for a week so will put this to one side and come back to it when I return….


About the work

“When one glove is missing, both are lost”
(Roger McGough 2000)

Losing a glove is, in a small way, a peculiarly disorienting experience. You lose something that leaves behind its mirror image to remind you of the loss.

Seeing items that other people have left behind in public reminds me of my own memory lapses over the years (well, the ones I can remember, anyway).

I’d already been collecting photos of lost gloves for a few years when I started investigating aspects of memory as part of my photographic practice. I’m particularly interested in the unreliability of human memory. The two threads became connected in my mind. Everybody loses something every day, though usually just a memory, and it’s usually unimportant. Usually.

Evidence of other people’s lapses of attention or memory reassures me that I’m not alone in my forgetfulness; at the same time, it triggers an oddly symmetrical train of thought about remembering forgetting.

With these images I want to capture a middle-aged sense of realising that you’ve forgotten something: a fleeting moment of panic followed by the nagging sense that this forgetfulness might be symptomatic of slowly losing your faculties.


The physical presentation format is a book dummy, so this set begins with a cover image. The main images in the series are presented here in horizontal format to emulate a double-page spread.

Click on the first image to see a bigger slideshow version – better for reading the text.

Both are lost