"I am a photographic artist specializing in impressionistic images of landscapes, nature, objects and cityscapes. None of my works are digitally manipulated. I use a unique photographic technique, which I developed, which allows me to “paint” with my camera on -site. My images are a direct result of the impressions I had at the time. I try to capture the infinite variations of our everyday reality, releasing color from its form."
Explosive sensual color. Thick dynamic brushstrokes. Delicate shards of reflected light. Temel Nal’s unique photoworks unite the opposite forces of abstract and figurative in a powerful interaction of imagination and reality. “I feel color, I sense light……” are the fundamentals that drive him to create his emotional and strong images. Nal has been transforming every day with his camera since 1996. Skylines, cars, fields of flora, architecture, Oriental Bazaars, people – all chosen subjects that he elevates from the literal, with his specific – never divulged – photographic technique. His easy relationship with intense color and powerful emotion make his work highly accessible to the viewer. He kicks open your senses with his swathes of camera “strokes”, inviting us to reconsider the values that we ascribe to the everyday.
Fundamental to all his works is the astounding fact that they are not computer-manipulated. Starting with an analog camera in the early years, he changed to digital with the advent of that new technology. All of Nal’s images have been and are the result of the technique he uses whilst taking the photo. There is no post-production manipulation, only a minimal enhancement in the definition and color intensity of the image. Not unlike film development in the analog era.
In a world where it is taken for granted that photographic images are incessantly enhanced, his direct-creation in situ is like a breath of fresh air. Janus-faced technology does not come into the equation. He calls this “Pure Photo Impression”. Emphasizing that his final image is pure, untampered and the exact rendition of what he was feeling at the time and place of the work’s genesis. He uses his camera – to re-quote Fox Talbot – as “the pencil of art”. This disregard of technology gives his work a highly personal, self-reflexive slant, bold and vibrant colors contained within the artificial boundaries of the canvas, tempered with the unexpected of strong, liberated emotion.
Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2019 Swissotel Gallery, Istanbul
2019 Antony Todd Showroom NYC, New York
2019 KONTEMPO NYC, in THE YARD, NYC. New York
2019 Health & Racquet Club, Park Avenue, NYC, NY
2019 MMG Gallery, Milano as part of the Festivale di Fotografia, Milano
2019 Group Show, KONTEMPO, Bowery, NYC, New York
2019 Foire International d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Galleria Marco Antonio Patrizio, Padua
2019 Group show “The Silent Witness”, Camden Gallery, London
2018 CLIO Art Fair, New York City, NY, USA
2017 ARTNIGHT Olching, Olching, Germany (group)
2017 Haus Heiliggeist, Munich, Germany (solo)
2016 Turkish Embassy, Berlin , Germany (with Ali Yesil)
2013 Porsche Zentrum, Niederbayern, Germany, 50 Years of 911“. (solo)
2011 European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2010 Capitol Theatre, Offenbach, Germany , “Apfelstrudel trifft Balaklava”, (solo)