DEAR MOTEL, the book

A coffee table book that takes you on a visual road trip.


Enjoy a forbidden journey into the mysterious world of roadside motels. Photographer Mike Van Cleven, aka Voncleef, captured individual moments, bodies, and light in a timeless series of photos. At a time when we have to limit our movements and contacts, this book offers an excellent escape from reality. Get lost in your own story that takes shape within this 'dear Motel' series.

"Motels offer guests crossings and directions. Literally and metaphorically, for people with a fighting spirit, with balls. Like women who hunt their dream. They became my main characters in the photographs of Dear Motel, a series in honour of eternal life on the road. We are all unsure of our destination or destiny. But we know that the right turns and exits ask for resilience, persistence, and creativity.

Dear Motel lets you wonder. It unfolds the stories that want to be told. Takes you to mysterious places where surprising tales slumber. To a slightly hidden perspective, for a peek in someone else’s day, far far away. Your eyes see a moment, frozen in time. Your mind hits the road and imagines a story.

My models are their own director, only limited by their own boundaries. I offer them space and time, to search and feel. I only frame the scene, from a distance, with trust and experience. The moment, the light, the extras are natural, unforced." 

Escape from your ordinary day-to-day routine, and get lost in his cinematic imagery, in your own thoughts and dreams. In what could be.


Hardcover, linen
180 pages
+100 photographs
ISBN 9789077207888
First edition
24,5 x 28,7 x 1,6cm
Published in collaboration with renowned publisher Stockmans Art Books.

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