Motel, 2011

Motel Signe Vilstrup

Sometimes I lose count of just how often art directors, stylists and high-brow high-fashion photographers choose hotels and motels for edgier fashion editorials. And the seedier the better in many cases. No surprise, since hot sheet hotel and no-tell motel settings seem to be ripe with suggestive storytelling for so many of the same themes found in dark mysteries and crime fiction: Bad choices, illicit affairs, crime, adultery, peeper private eyes, sex…and murder. Here’s just one shot from Danish photographer Signe Vilstrup’s work with model Elena Lomkova in a steamy editorial called, simply enough, “Motel” for a 2011 issue of Vanity Fair.

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