Giancarlo Montes was born in Maryland and is pursuing a BFA in Photography at SUNY Purchase, a few miles north of New York City. He grew up spending time in Maryland, Miami, Argentina and Paris. Moving around grounded Giancarlo’s interests in the relationships between experience, place and the individual. He is informed by the uncertainty that describes these relationships and the forces that construct experience, as it develops on both larger and smaller scales. 

For “where lands and oceans meet“, Giancarlo Montes photographs close friends and family in domestic and natural environments while focusing on strangers in larger social and physical spaces. Through this investigation of private and public identities and the roles and precautions observed within each, Giancarlo hopes to describe the relationship between man and his environment. This relationship is simultaneously defined by subjectivities; emotions and how we choose to arrange our own living spaces and larger exterior entities, familial histories or the organization of your own city.

Our relationship to that which is around us is very much defined by dispositions.

These dispositions ring true and deep, whether it be a sense of discomfort associated with a burned house or the certainty of death that is coupled with wrinkles and grey hair. 

The same experience is characterized by familiarity. Suburbia and bedrooms ground the uneasiness that parallels the prospect of outside forces; a fire or a death. Larger forces, the impact of city planning or the lack there of, for example, informs the individual. However the line between these forces; the familiar and unfamiliar, the private and public, the personal and the cultural, is hard to identify.