Although the clocks have changed and it’s now officially British Summer Time, the thrashing wind, snow and bitter chill in the air plunge us straight back to British winter time. I know we love to talk about the weather, but this time there’s a history behind it, promise.
This isn’t the first time we’ve experienced undue weather (and surely won’t be the last). 1816 was the Year Without Summer, the year severe summer climate abnormalities caused average global temperatures to decrease, resulting in an agricultural disaster in the northeastern United States, maritime provinces of Canada, and parts of western Europe. Believed to have been trigged by the largest known historic eruption of the Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa one year earlier in 1815, a global sulfate aerosol veil in the stratosphere was formed and climate perturbations ensued. It’s been suggested that the material thrown-up by the volcano in the atmosphere caused a change in colour of the sky, creating a yellow tint as present in Turner’s painting such as Chichester Canal.
Whilst thankfully there’s been no recent major natural disaster causing this cold, the exhibition Looking at the View at Tate Britain explores how artists have framed our vision of the landscape over the last 300 years. Since it opened in February we’ve been asking you to share photographs of your view from: your studio, window, desk and of your masterpiece.
How have changes in light this spring inspired your view? Do you have a view of Chichester canal? You’ve sent us some beautiful shots from around the world, from Chicago to Pubela. See others posted so far and share your photos with us on Twitter using #tateview and our Facebook page!