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fredo montes  art, fashion + photography junkie... native new yorker/proud puerto rican. oh and sometimes a men’s fashion editor... fredomontes@icloud.com

"la malediction"
by rene magritte
(1963)

this has always been one of my absolute favorite paintings... it makes you want to exhale.

but my mind often wanders to its title, "la malediction." in english, "the curse" or "the omen." what a disturbing title for such a happy little painting.

what was magritte thinking?

but i guess that's what art does:

disturb. provoke thought.

la malediction?

the curse?

the omen?

all i see are beautiful clouds.

i refuse to ponder any negative thoughts.

not today satan.

not today.

#renemagritte
#lamalediction
#popART
#surrealistART
#minimalistART
#20thcenturyART

sundays are made for... ART.

#graciaspapadios
#nottodaysatan

today i went to la finca de girasol in guanica.

that's the sunflower farm for you gringos.

it's only one town over, less than 15 minutes away.

today was kinda special... you see, i promised my mom i would take her here before she passed. but we never made it.

i was taken aback by the beauty. how perfect nature is. how inspiring. how majestic. how resilent. how peaceful.

the warm breeze animated all of the sunflowers. i swear one of the flowers was waving at me, as if it was saying "hi papi" in my mother's voice.

what's mysterious, is that i purposely wore the pearl my mom gave me before she passed.

unfortunately, this selfie was the last time i saw the pearl. it magically disappeared. just like my mother.

praise god. thank him everyday. for the successes and for the failures... for the gains and the losses. it's all part of life.

we're all sunflowers basking in his glory, if only for a moment.

can i get an amen up in here?

anyhoo, keep swiping to see la negrita linda!

#lafincadegirasol
#guanica
#elparaisodeeternoverano
#puertorico
#graciaspapadios

i keep finding images i don't remember shooting in my archives!

LOVE these @officialduckiebrown silk gym shorts.

i wonder what happens when they get wet?

#duckiebrown

@misterfredomontes
#shotbyfredo
#casadefredo
#styledbyfredo
#artdirectedbyfredo

thank you peter!
#miranene

BQE
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no... not brooklyn queens expressway.
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butch queen extravaganza!
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in the 80's, everyone had a black snapback with mirrored letters on it, made by stephen saunders and sold at patricia field's boutique on 8th street.
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steven made me two for me.
one said "PUTA." yeah, no shame in my game.
and the other "BQE"
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people would see me in the BQE hat, and always ask: "brooklyn queens expressway?"
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"no bitch. butch queen extravaganza!"
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#butchqueenextravaganza
#thehouseofextravaganza
#extravaGANZA!
#extra
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"X... X... XTRAVA... GANZA!"

flashback friday!

i shot this story with my friend james weber, what seems like 100 years ago... james was experimenting using a technique from yesteryear, wetplate photography.

my inspiration for the story was josephine baker in a movie called "princess tam tam" from 1935.

so i called the story "princess tam tam." but absolutely no one got the obscure reference.

oh well.

i will never forget this model though... her name was gift.

thanks for the memories james!

and thank you to mao pr

and to the blondes.

#princesstamtam
#josephinebaker
#theblondes
#maopr

@misterfredomontes
#artdirectedbyfredo
#styledbyfredo

#wetplatephotography
#vintagephotography
#bwphotography

this morning's soundtrack?
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"i don't like cities
but i like new york.
other places,
make me feel like a dork.
los angeles is for
people who sleep.
paris and london,
baby you can keep
baby you can keep
baby you can keep

other cities always make me mad.
other places always make me sad.
no other city ever made me glad
except new york...
i love new york
i love new york
i love new york

if you don't like my attitude
the you can fuck off!
just go to texas
isn't that where they golf?

new york is not for
li'l pussies who scream
if you can't stand the heat
then get off my street!
get off my street!
get off my street!
get off my street!

other cities always make me mad
other places always make me sad
no other city ever made me glad
except new york
i love new york
i love new york
i love new york

get off my street!
get off my street!
get off my street!
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"i love new york"
madonna
(2005)

@madonna
#madonna
#ilovenewyork
#i❤️newyork
#madonnafansince1983
#POPmusic
#POPart
#POPlife
#mrbrainwash

bravo @james_weber!

after many years of having your studio in chelsea, you relocated to hudson yards.

you told me the area was up and coming.

well i think the march 15th grand opening of "the vessel," neiman marcus and all the other neighboring businesses proves you were 100% correct.

the neighborhood is no longer up and coming brother, it came!

so cheers to your studio, @hudsonyardsloft!

flashback to our shoot
"new yorker"
shot on the rooftop of hudson yards loft
photographer: james weber
model: jordan paris
fashion editor: fredo montes

#jordanparis
looking like #clarkkent
#sittingontopoftheworld
#hudsonyardsloft
#hudsonyards
#thevessel

@misterfredomontes
#artdirectedbyfredo
#styledbyfredo
#sikiim
#cutlerandgross
#dsquared2

editor's note: i snapped this pic of the vessel while it was still under construction. i was scouting the neighborhood for exterior locations for another shoot. i was going to suggest we use it as a backdrop... oh well.

i wondered wtf it was, well now i know.

shoulda, woulda, coulda.

i'm sincerely not sure if it's my new found, but long overdue, sobriety...
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my renewed faith in god...
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the tropical weather here in puerto rico...
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or the latuda (lurasidone) my psych has put me on.
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but life is fucking beautiful!
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neon art by the awesome mr.brainwash
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#sober
#latuda
#lurasidone
#notonesideeffect
#puravida
#beachlife
#lifeisabeach
#lifeisbeautiful
#dontworrybehappy
#zerofucksgiven

#neonart
#neonlife
#neondreams
#mrbrainwash

#positivevibes
#positivevibesonly

vibrate so high, that all which no longer serves you falls by the way side.

can i get am amen up i here?

#amen

wha chu lookin' at?

yet another from the archives...
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this one was shot by me.
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i think i'll start shooting models myself again.
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i went to austin texas to scout some models with my then friend model manager ike gamez.
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meet marc dominic
a canadian
in texas
okrrrr?
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i shot him by a beautiful lake
i think it was called silver lake
or was it crystal lake?
or was it crystal canyon?
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i remember his name though.
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and that he's wearing gucci.
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i wonder what ever happenned to him?
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#shotbyfredo
#styledbyfredo
#artdirectedbyfredo
#guccipineappleprint
#guccigang
#gucciswim
#guccimen
#gucci

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