Motel 101 is a compilation of images of 101 different
roadside motels within a 170km radius of Sydney. They were photographed
late at night or very early in the morning, highlighting the
diversity of appearances from one to the next.
I didn’t intend for the collection to be this big, but I became
increasingly intrigued by the individual touches of the various
establishments, as well as caught up in the adventure itself.
Before I knew it, I was at 70 and I was hooked. I thought that as
I’d got that far, I may as well reach 100 – plus one more just to
be sure it was enough.
The bulk of the images were taken past midnight. Even though
most of us are asleep by this time, there is no shortage of people
out and about doing all kinds of things. Not necessarily seedy
activities (though there was that) but ordinary things like walking
the dog. Others wash their car at 3:30AM, while groups often gather
at the petrol station kebab stand. Probably the most unusual of all
was a guy lurking around motels taking photos outside people’s
doors… I can only imagine how it would have gone down if someone
had spotted me.
It was surprising to discover just how busy motels are almost
every night of the week – more than half were close to capacity.
This adds to the narrative of the collection as you ponder the
story behind these transient lives.