On a snowy day early in 2004, artist Mark Braithwaite (perhaps foolhardily!) drove onto the North York Moors looking for inspiration for new paintings. Stranded in a sudden snowstorm, an abandoned phonebox stood out like a beacon, and from this the first "Lost Connection" painting was born!
It soon came to light that British Telecom were planning to remove some of the red telephone boxes, and so Mark began a quest to record his favourite images for posterity. The "Lost Connection" series is a nostalgic look at the Great British red telephone box set in England's green and pleasant land!
Don't forget to look for LUCY, MJ Braithwaite's trademark black cat image hiding in each picture!
Mark's painting "Sleepy Hollow" - an oil of the picturesque village of Hovingham, North Yorkshire, in the snow, was named after much discussion on social media website Facebook! For the first time, this "Lost Connection" was printed in two sizes and also on canvas.
There has been a lot of press coverage over the years for this series. Thanks to Yorkshire Life Magazine, The Best of British paper, The York Press, Radio York, The Weekly News...