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Australian motels generally share the same characteristics – a dated interior, stiff bed sheets and a supply of biscuits to have with the complimentary tea.

But these eerie images demonstrate the beautiful side to budget roadside motels starting from the Hume Highway in Sydney, over to the Blue Mountains and down the South Coast.

Brett Patman spent his evenings capturing the essence of Australia’s hotels and motels over several weeks. 

One hundred and one motels were listed, visited and photographed by the artist who illustrated the businesses in the dead of night.  

Brett Patman spent his evenings capturing eerie images demonstrating the beautiful side to budget roadside motels starting from the Hume Highway in Sydney, over to the Blue Mountains and down the South Coast

Mr Patman described the project as a 'concept of making the ordinary, extraordinary'. He spoke of the repeated motel characteristics such as 'the attached restaurant, 10am checkout, faded backlit road signs, drive-through reception and so on'

Mr Patman described the project as a ‘concept of making the ordinary, extraordinary’. He spoke of the repeated motel characteristics such as ‘the attached restaurant, 10am checkout, faded backlit road signs, drive-through reception and so on’

Mr Patman described the project as a ‘concept of making the ordinary, extraordinary’.

He spoke of the repeated motel characteristics such as ‘the attached restaurant, 10am checkout, faded backlit road signs, drive-through reception and so on.’ 

‘On paper, it would seem that every motel would look the same, and from one viewpoint they do. If you take a closer look beneath the surface of the seemingly basic facades, you begin to notice distinctly unique characteristics of each motel.

‘Each establishment is different in its style, colour schemes, quirks and upkeep. 

Australian motels generally share the same characteristics - a dated interior, stiff bed sheets and a supply of biscuits to have with the complimentary tea

Australian motels generally share the same characteristics – a dated interior, stiff bed sheets and a supply of biscuits to have with the complimentary tea

'On paper, it would seem that every motel would look the same,' the photographer said. 'If you take a closer look beneath the surface of the seemingly basic facades, you begin to notice distinctly unique characteristics of each motel'

‘On paper, it would seem that every motel would look the same,’ the photographer said. ‘If you take a closer look beneath the surface of the seemingly basic facades, you begin to notice distinctly unique characteristics of each motel’

‘Some appear more traditional, while others are apparently dated. Some are more modern businesses with newer architectural hardware and a more minimalist presentation. Some have a warm and inviting presence while others are colder and more utilitarian in their appearance.  

‘As a child, all of the small traits and characteristics that make a motel are overlooked in the adventure and exhilaration of the new home away from home,’ Mr Patson wrote for Lost Collective. 

‘However, as an adult, all these minute details stand out a little more. In fact, it is what attracted me to the idea,’ he said. 

'As a child, all of the small traits and characteristics that make a motel are overlooked in the adventure and exhilaration of the new home away from home,' Mr Patson wrote

‘As a child, all of the small traits and characteristics that make a motel are overlooked in the adventure and exhilaration of the new home away from home,’ Mr Patson wrote

Mr Patman at first shot these images at night for convenience but said the night photography soon formed in to something more meaningful

Mr Patman at first shot these images at night for convenience but said the night photography soon formed in to something more meaningful

Mr Patman at first shot these images at night for convenience but said the night photography soon formed in to something more meaningful. 

‘I think that the darkness speaks the sense of an overnight stay,’ he said.  

‘When you view the facade of each room, you can’t help but wonder what it resembles beyond the door, but also what stories have happened in that room. 

‘Are the lights on? Who is staying in the room? Why are they there? What are they doing? Where did they come from? What is their story?’

Some motels appeared more traditional, while others seemed more dated. Some are more modern businesses with newer architectural hardware and a more minimalist presentation

Some motels appeared more traditional, while others seemed more dated. Some are more modern businesses with newer architectural hardware and a more minimalist presentation

Some motels appeared more traditional, while others seemed more dated. Some are more modern businesses with newer architectural hardware and a more minimalist presentation

'When you view the facade of each room, you can’t help but wonder what it resembles beyond the door, but also what stories have happened in that room,' Mr Patman explained 

‘When you view the facade of each room, you can’t help but wonder what it resembles beyond the door, but also what stories have happened in that room,’ Mr Patman explained 

'When you view the facade of each room, you can’t help but wonder what it resembles beyond the door, but also what stories have happened in that room,' Mr Patman explained

‘When you view the facade of each room, you can’t help but wonder what it resembles beyond the door, but also what stories have happened in that room,’ Mr Patman explained



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