I Want to Live Close to You is a series of photographs documenting the Jacob Felländer´s journey around the world. Setting out on a contemporary 12 day Grand Tour of New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bombay, Dubai and Paris, Felländer used a modified analog camera to create sporadically exposed panoramas of cities flowing and colliding into one another. Felländer’s works depict bending, twisting and distorting cityscapes.
Using a modified analog camera, the artist was able to wind and expose one centimter of film at a time, resulting in his collaged panoramic portraits of distinct cities, and a few swirling blends of multiple cities merged into one psychedelic megalopolis. In these photos, the soaring skyscrapers of New York City overlap to form sharp, angular structures. Hong Kong’s high density housing yields lush, textural patterns that emerge like collaged urban honeycombs. His frenzied photographs have an almost painterly abstraction that capture both the beauty and the quiet magnificence of some of the worlds greatest cities.
Felländer says about cities, “These creations continue to fascinate me. Our habitat in these places may seem grotesque, but we actually get along surprisingly well in our cities. We may think that we are unique individualists, all different from each other. But still, we choose to live extremely close to one another: Next to, underneath and on top of. So very close to each other."