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Best Of 2021 : Nick Cave : The Little Book of Lost Gloves


“In January 2018, near my home in Brighton, I found a red woollen child’s glove hanging over a sign that said ‘Church Place’. I took a photograph of it with a Polaroid app on my iPhone. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but later that night as I was reviewing my day’s photographs, I felt its melancholy pulse and was pleased with it. The next day I passed a tan leather glove that had been placed on a railing in my street, and once again photographed it. These images began an impulse to photograph every lost glove I came upon.

It is remarkable how many lost gloves there are once they make themselves known. They are everywhere and all around… lost gloves longing for their partners. These single gloves are mostly seasonal and are the melancholy reminders of those who are displaced or missing or disconnected, little jolts of grief on my winter walks.

I am happy when the sun starts shining and the lost gloves start to disappear, yet they always return; the first of the season declares itself on a footpath, in a puddle or on a railing, and then the rest follow, in their multitudes. I have rescued them all but here are one hundred of the best, the most lost, the most mislaid and the most forgotten, a small melancholy meditation.”

Nick Cave


The Little Book of Lost Gloves features 100 Polaroids of lost gloves that Nick Cave has chanced upon – photographed in the period from 3rd March 2018 to 27th March 2021.

There are 100 Special Edition copies of the book available, that are packaged with an original Polaroid, each is limited to an edition of 10.

Foreword by Nick Cave, Published by Cave Things

Printed and bound in Denmark by Narayana Press

The book is now available for purchase from

RRP: £45

Special Edition RRP: £145




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