Film director & Photographer 

JAVIER MONTES D' ARCE

About 

Javier Montes d’Arce was born in México City where he studied Film and Television. Currently based in New York, he often works in other cities on both personal and commissioned projects. He has written and directed short films and is the founder of Trece Cielos and 9 Nunchi Studio, production houses where he works as a director, photographer and post producer for various advertising campaigns. For four years he was part of the Fulbright Hays Summer Abroad (Texas - Mexico - Colombia), documenting the seminars and traveling to different cities with the purpose of sharing the beauty, history and culture of México.

 

He lived two years in Baja California Sur, where he had different photographic exhibitions and was part of the Organizing Committee of Los Cabos International Film Festival. His work has been exhibited in Asia and he has participated in Film Festivals as a member of the jury.

 

He became hooked on photography from a young age, since then Javier considered it as a form of magic which deceives mortality for a second freezing the flow of life. At the same time, he considers it as a scientific act in the way in which a still image stops that implacable river of time, allowing us to reflect on life and thus examine it from a kind of microscope.

 

Hence his need to make use of cinema, photography or video in order to generate that personal exchange that at the same time creates multiple meanings by placing a frame on the infinite. Interested in transmitting his work with the intention of creating new meanings in those in which it resonates. Javier is attentive to what evolves photographically and that comes from that joy of seeing and understanding all the elements that come together in a fraction of a second, time and space to capture something that he finds interesting, is about to end or cease to exist.

 

For Javier the art of the image is an exercise in revealing the essence of the world around us by capturing a split-second of time and space to magically create a single snapshot. The greatest beauty of this exercise, he believes, is not only the photographic work but also the process it initiates, the memory of which remains and continues to bear fruit in the hearts of people.

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

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