Film director & Photographer 



Javier Montes d’Arce is a Mexican photographer and film director based in New York City. As the founder of independent production house Trece Cielos (named after the thirteen skies in ¨Mexica¨ mythology), Javier has directed, shot and post-produced a variety of video and photograph advertising campaigns for many global brands. He has written and directed short films, among them Flamboyanes, which is currently being screened at various film festivals and has been awarded internationally.

For four years, he worked with the Fulbright Hays Summer Abroad program in Mexico, where he captured program highlights as well as the beauty, history, and culture of Mexico. Javier lived in Baja California Sur, where he explored different recurring themes in his photographs along with his passion for whales, the sea and the search for sacred geometry in the desert. He had different photographic exhibitions and was part of the Organizing Committee of Los Cabos International Film Festival.

He considers photography as a form of magic to trick mortality for a second and freeze the flow of life. Yet it is almost scientific, in a way, that a still image can stop this relentless river of time, and allow us to reflect upon life and really examine it from a kind of microscope creating multiple meanings by placing a frame on the infinite.

For Javier the art of image is about a personal exercise in capturing and contemplating the reality that allows him to perceive and prioritize what is really important in life. Attentive to the joy of what evolves photographically and mindful of the myriad elements that come together in a split-second of time and space to create a snapshot, he tries to capture something that he thinks is special, about to end or vanish from existence.

Javier believes that the greatest beauty of doing film or photography it’s not just the final piece,  but also the process it initiates, the memory of which remains and continues to bear fruit in the heart of those in which it resonates.

All images and original text © 2020 Javier Montes d’Arce. All rights reserved.

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