By tov617, Oct 30 2017 02:07PM

#Inktober2017 What has happened since 2004? I made this Ink drawing from one of my oil paintings from about 12 years ago... The title being along the lines of:

'A plastic butterfly, caught on, desiccated vines'

At the time I was pleased with the picture. Its title and subject warning of impending global warming disaster had been inspired by a vine I'd left unwatered at the height of summer in the conservatory whilst I was away on a photography assignment. A plastic butterfly had originally been attached to the plant after arriving on a present or card and the symbolism seemed potent - other viewers seemed blind to the impending world disaster depicted; seeing a pretty picture of a butterfly and some decorative red dried leaves. Perhaps it was Autumn already?

It was before the credit crunch. Digital photography was just beginning to impact. No Facebook, no Instagram, no smartphone. George W. Bush was in the White House with the 2nd Iraq War underway. Drones were military weapons rather than being sold in PC World. No Google Street View. Wind power was just on the horizon literally. People smoked tobacco inside the workplace and public houses legally! Plastic pollution in the oceans had been of study to scientists since the 1950s with a bit of coverage in the 1980s. It wasn't till the late 2000s that the media and political interest really picked up.

What has happened since: Plastic in the oceans, plastic in tap water, plastic in fish, plastic in the air from city dwellers' tumble dryers. Smart phone 24hr shopping, banking crisis, new Korean crisis developing, ISIS, President Obama, Donald Trump, Brexit! How much of that could be foreseen?

The vine only just survived its roasting ordeal and has since moved house with us, struggled for years but now produces a fine dark red grape harvest which are great turned into a juice to cook pears in, hopefully plastic free...??? #Inktober