THE ESCAPERS is a project made in a small format but about big things. Twenty stories of gloves lost in New York, of brave escapers who got out into the big rough world. But is one enough to make a journey?
The book is made of tear-away postcards, so you can pick any escaper of your own and give it a second chance by sending it on a new adventure around the world.
My name is Polina and I live in New York City. I moved here two years ago from a Russian city named Yekaterinburg. I came to New York with big dreams and hopes, being sure that my talent would conquer the world.
Soon enough New York showed me that I had to play by its rules. My hometown was already too small for me but I was not yet big enough for NYC. Without any friends here, I was going through a harsh social withdrawal. The only way to fight it with was to get inspired by it. That's when I started to explore the topic of isolation in New York.
ABOUT "THE ESCAPERS"
es·cape — to break free from confinement or control.
In 1965 Edward White was the first American to walk in space. While he was outside a spare glove floated out from the open hatch. The glove stayed in orbit for about a month before it burnt up in the Earth’s atmosphere.
One needs a lot of courage to start an adventure. But is one enough to make the journey? Sometimes we live our lives waiting for an adventure but we don’t even notice that the main adventure passes right in front of us.
During the past winter I was shooting lost gloves on the streets of New York. It was my way to get rid of the habit of losing gloves every week or so. As my collection of escapers grew I realized the real reason I kept photographing garbage on the streets. ‘The Escapers’, a logical addition to my ongoing project ‘Community’, is also a reflection of isolation in New York. To survive in this city, you are up against those who are smarter, stronger, more talanted, and hungrier then you are. It’s very hard to do it all alone, but it’s even harder to avoid staying alone in New York.
For the whole fall-winter-spring season I was shooting photographs of escaped gloves on the streets of New York with my pocket film camera. I got a pretty big collection (you can't imagine how many of them there actually are). Then I sorted out the 20 most interesting stories.
Next I decided to make a book. But not just a simple photo book (a typical photo book which only has photographs of gloves might be a little boring). Because I felt sorry for those fellas who were brave enough to leave their owners pockets, I decided to give the escapers a second chance. My book is made of tear-out postcards with 24 postcards in it. You can pick any escaper you want and send it on a new adventure around the world.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THIS BOOK?
- You can tear out the postcards and send them to you friends who live far away.
- You can tear out a postcard and give it blank to you friend so he/she can send it to you whenever he/she feels lonely or just misses you.
- You can give this notepad to a friend who is leaving for a better life in another city/country.
- In fact, you can give this postcard book as a present to anybody.
- Or, you can keep it and secretly look through it when no one sees you.
HOW TO FUND
The rewards system is pretty easy and can be found on your right.
HOW TO SUPPORT
You can find me on Facebook
Add me on Instagram
And post your own pictures of lonely gloves with #theescapers
PROJECT DELIVERY DATES
- Backing ends - October, 2014
- Book sent to printers - October, 2014
- Print delivery - October, 2014
- Mail the book to you - November, 2014
Risks and challenges
This project doesn't seem to have any challenges. I know where the book will be printed and I am sure in the quality of the delivered product.
You can expect your postcard notepad delivered in November, so you can start collecting postal addresses.
- (30 days)