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.
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
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.
"Dear Motel" is an enthralling coffee table book that invites readers on a mesmerizing visual odyssey into the enigmatic realm of roadside lodgings. Esteemed photographer Mike Van Cleven's discerning eye captures fleeting instants, figures, and the interplay of illumination in a manner that transports you to an alternate universe. Through Voncleef's lens, motels morph into emblematic crossroads where the intrepid and audacious embark on their aspirations. The photographs beckon you to unravel the concealed narratives that lie dormant within each composition, while granting your own imagination the liberty to wander boundlessly. With its arresting visuals and restricted availability, "Dear Motel" is an indispensable acquisition for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary.
Jack Kerouac meets Stephen Wayda on a mysterious, seductive photographic journey that never seems to reveal all its secrets, even after you've flipped through it hundreds of times. Not your ordinary coffee table book.