DEAR MOTEL - red edition


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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 photo series. 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 in this 'dear Motel' series. 


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


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

Dear Motel lets you wonder. It unfolds the stories that want to be told. It takes you to mysterious places where surprising tales slumber. From a slightly hidden perspective, for a peek into 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 directors, only limited by their 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
176 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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A large number of our prints are offered on Diasec.


Diasec is a pioneering method of photograph preservation, celebrated for its ability to bring images to life like never before. This unique process involves mounting a photograph between a crystal-clear sheet of acrylic glass and a sturdy backing plate. The result? A vibrant, durable, and timeless piece of art.


  • Enhanced Visual Appeal: Diasec amplifies colors and details, giving a lifelike quality to the photographs.
  • Longevity: The unique adhesive used is UV resistant and non-yellowing, ensuring your artwork remains pristine for years.
  • Elegant Presentation: The glossy finish and frameless design provide a sleek, contemporary look, perfect for modern interiors. Diasec mounted images can also be framed, making it a very versatile presentation finish.
  • Protection: Sealed against dust and environmental factors, your collected art pieces are preserved in their best form.


      A limited edition print is limited, forever, to the total number detailed in the original edition. If your print is number 5 of 15 then that means, the 5th numbered print in a total edition of 15.

      The photographer may hold additional prints:

      • Artists Proofs (APs) numbering up to a maximum of 10% of the edition.
      • Printer's Proofs (PPs) which are usually kept by the printer.
      • Hors Commerce prints (HCs) which are used by the publisher for promotional purposes.

      Artist's proofs are not included in the count of a limited edition, and they belong to the artist. The artist is not supposed to sell these AP's.

      Sometimes limited editions are published in distinctly different sizes. 



      An artist's proof is used to describe an impression of the finished work that is identical to the numbered copies. For the printer and artist to check the printing quality of the finished image, the printer is allowed to keep a printer's proof.



      All limited-edition prints come with a registered proof of authenticity. The work is registered in an online database and proofed with a numbered hologram on the back of the print. The same unique numbered hologram is also added to the signed proof of authenticity. 

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 5 reviews
      Stephan P.

      Great international transaction with a brilliant item!!!

      Stunning work

      Mike’s work continues to impress. Cool images captured in a unique way, always leaving me looking longer and finding something new each time. Love his work!

      Nikolas Van der Veken
      Amazing book by an amazing talent!

      Been following Mike for 2 decades. He masters the gift of really capturing everything the moment has to offer. This book is a must have. The end.

      Neil Cole

      Such an emotive and sensually-charged book, every photo hints at a rich story of Americana.

      Kim Vanthoor
      Hopefully the first in a series of many

      Make no mistake - this book is a must-have.
      If you appreciate art, creativity and the ability to capture an emotion/feeling with a single frame, you will want to have this book.
      I truly hope that Mike will continue his journey and allow all of us to see the world as he sees it through his lens(es).