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It all started while on assignment in Denver. The model being the actress, in an intriguing setting. Me being the eyes, watching and waiting. The images of that powerful woman in that cinematographic scenery created themselves. For her, for me – thanks to the inspiring backdrops of that motel.
That shoot inspired me. There were stories to be found, where no one ever looked. Where no one ever stood still and watched and waited. Spending half the year on the road for assignments, I started to photograph where I was, what I saw. I felt compelled to tell the story without words, without sounds or voices, but through imagery.
“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 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 ask 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.”
As of January 5th, this project has raised $3,700 of their $6,124 goal. This project has 18 days left to raise the $6,124 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $52, you will get one signed book copy. For a pledge of $123, you will get two book copies. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mikevancleven/dear-motel-the-book?