Sunshine Royale Motel  Art Series by Michel Mölder


The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Herengracht 255

26 oktober - 7 november


Time elapsing is only noticeable when observing motion. It is what makes us register the ticking of the clock. But the interesting thing about time is that it only exists in the past and in the future. This very moment, the here and now, is so elusive that it can only be seen when there is no motion at all.   In a photograph we capture the existence of this present moment by freezing time. However, when we add subtle motion to a frozen moment, time can be extended within this vacuum and seems to last forever. 

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The Story

You are in an unknown city, staying in a run-down motel taking a shower. As you close the tap and turn to use the scruffy towel to dry yourself, you walk back into the room you just entered for the very first time.   This is your sanctuary now, your home. Yesterday it belonged to someone else. And tomorrow, after you’ve checked out, it will do so once more.  Welcome to Sunshine Royale Motel. One room, a new story every day. 


This series of living photographs, or cinemagraph are a mix between photo and video. Just like in a regular still frame, in a cinemagraph, time is frozen. Yet subtle moving elements bring the frame to life. 

Individually they will playback in an endless loop, creating the illusion of never-ending motion. The partially frozen parts, combined with the recurring movements give the images a strange and hypnotic effect.

Motel Guests

Barbara Sloesen
Barrie Stevens
Dennis Willekes
Erik de Vogel
Gerrie van der Klei
Humberto Tan
Imanuelle Grives


Isa Hoes

Jody Bernal

Loiza Lamers

Lucas Hamming

Nowi Hagen

Michael Muyderman

Puck Pomelien Busser


This art project was shot in a small film set build inside an old warehouse. Together with his friend and Dop from this project, Johan Dijkstra, Michel worked for almost two years on constructing the stage for Sunshine Royale Motel.

From testing five different colors on the bathroom tiles to vintage American wall outlets, it were the smallest details that ultimately tied the room together.


Unique for this project was the decision to shoot the complete series on a single wide-angle lens. This way we were able to really get up close and personal for the tight shots, while still retaining much of the room in the background. In addition, the wide angle view emphasized in the total shot the desolation of the characters; not only in relation to the room around them, but also to an inner wasteland we feel in them, but do not yet fully see.






Canon EOS C300MII

4096 x 2160

Sigma Art High Speed 20mm T1.5 FF

400 (one stop push)

Canon Log 2


Director: Michel Mölder
Dop: Johan Dijkstra
Assistant director: Anouk Maas  
Gaffer: De Lichtmacht
Head Hair & Make-up: Kayleigh Schultz  
Hair & Make-up: Madelon Prinsen & Sisley Angenois
Styling: Evita Broere

Setdressing: Kirsten Hanssen

Set aging: Andrea vd Kolk & Nicole Kroes

Copywriter: Claudio Tapia

Casting & Production: Cameleon Productions B.V.

Strategic Advisor: Robert Jan Glas

Setdesign: Michel Mölder & Johan Dijkstra

Edit/VFX: Michel Mölder

Agent: Het Agentschap