DEAR MOTEL - blue 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 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 8 reviews
Pieter Canniere
Dear Motel: Best way for a quick roadtrip!

Having worked with Mike for several creative projects, it's still great to see how his style keeps amazing me and others. From the moment you open the book, it takes you to another place and makes you wonder immediately. It's the best way to take a little trip, any time of day. A must have, wherever you are.

Dan D'Ascenzo
A must-have addition to any collection

I was thrilled when Mike announced his coffee table book "Dear Motel." I'm a big fan of Mike's work!

"Dear Motel" is more than just a coffee table book; it's a testament to Mike's artistic brilliance and dedication to his craft.
The exceptional quality of the book, coupled with the beautiful visuals, makes it an invaluable addition to any enthusiast's collection.

Carla Hampton
Great Book-- Love showing it off!

This is one of my favorite buys this year! Mike's work is just great. He captures his subjects so well and the whole feel of the book is something really special. Definitely unique! It's right there on my coffee table in my front room for everyone to see.

Victoria Lacoste
A beautiful journey with Mike

Dear Motel is like road tripping in small towns with a companion by your side. Mike's pictures make you feel at home, yet reverent to the grandiosity of the small moments of life. His use of light and perspective are an ode to the beauty of the American urban wilderness. A great book by a talented photographer with a true love for his subjects. -- Victoria

Nick Peeters
Dear Motel - A photographic dream

Dear Motel is a book that makes you dream away, that makes you travel to a place that makes you wonder it doesn't actually exist. A place where time stands still. Mike is an exceptionally technically gifted photographer who takes you into his magical world in an open and subtle, in a natural way. I gave this book to my clients as a gift, and the response was unanimously positive.