Contact Photo: Process and Materials

Our 2016 Contact Photo Festival feature is photographer Monica Glitz.

Monica will be showcasing her works from her Ancient Splendor series that documents UNESCO World Heritage sites. Each print featured in the show will be made using alternative printmaking processes.

Leading up to her show, we will be asking Monica a series of questions about her work. Stay tuned for the weekly posts and come check out the show!

April 22 – May 31 | Opening April 28

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Angkor, Cambodia

What equipment did you use?

All images taken prior to 2007 were on 35mm film primarily with Pentax cameras, but more recently the Canon 5D Mark II has become my constant companion while travelling.

I never use a tripod or flash. My images are spontaneous and capture a moment in time always using only available light.

Why did you choose to print Tricolour and Platinum Palladium?

Bob Carnie, printer extraordinaire, steered me in this direction. My imagery of historical locations calls out for a print and process that honours the past in appearance and technique. Each print is truly unique and also permanent, therefore ensuring that images of these locations will still be around a long time into the future.

The ability to combine historical techniques with modern technology in these alternative printmaking processes allows us to produce unique hand printed works of art that have a historical feel so that the images themselves have a timeless quality.

The Tri-Colour Pigment over Palladium prints have a dream-like painterly quality to them and the Platinum Palladium prints have an amazing tonal range, lovely surface quality and an expressive feel.

Who or what are your influences

Growing up I was always encouraged to be creative. I also spent a lot of time dreamily wandering around the countryside on horseback noticing natures little wonders but also thinking of far away places. After seeing images in books and magazines, such as National Geographic, learning about different countries or hearing tales of travel from family and friends; my imagination was turned on high. A fascination with historical subjects and locations was really developed during my studies at university. An education that encompassed classical art history, architecture, and ancient civilizations from exotic locations fuelled a strong desire to see and experience our amazing world.

I find that all locations visited are visually inspiring in one way or another. My Fine Art background has provided me with a strong understanding of composition, colour theory, form, line and texture enhancing the way that I perceive things.

I look for the beauty that is all around us, from smallest details to astounding vistas. It is a way of seeing for me. Though self taught, I find that through photography I am able to capture images that are an expression of my vision.

Travelling to many natural and historically significant locations has definitely inspired my photography. My goal is to capture the essence of the moment and place. I may choose to travel to specific locations because I have a desire to experience them but I do not plan my travels based on photography alone.

Books, magazines, TV shows and films about nature and historical subjects continue to inspire me to venture on and explore somewhere new. My past experiences, a desire to show others the wonders that I have seen, and also the good reception from viewers that my images have received are strong inspirations to continue on this journey.



Monica Glitz grew up on a farm in Ontario, Canada. Artistic from an early age, she went on to seriously study art through high school and in university. Monica holds a degree in Fine Art / Art History from York University, graduating on the Dean’s list as well as receiving the Atkinson College Students’ Association Award for academic excellence.

Her venture into fine art photography started while travelling for pleasure. Through Monica’s great passion for exploration she discovered that exotic travel destinations were also the home of many exciting photographic subjects. Although she is self-taught in workings of the camera, Monica’s visual and artistic sensibility at perceiving the world around her is reinforced by training in artistic fundamentals such as line, form, colour theory, and composition.

Monica’s photographic works focus on dramatic subjects, evocative compositions, fascinating details, and atmospheric settings that inspire an appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us. She attempts to capture the essence of the moment of standing in awe of the view, whether it is an inspiring landscape in Scotland, sunlight on a cathedral tower, wildlife in remote Africa, remnants of ancient times or walking along a mist shrouded path in the mountains of China.

Her fascination with ruins of ancient civilizations was strongly developed during her University years. She is naturally drawn to anything historical, but particularly the crumbling ruins of the past where one’s romantic imagination can take flight. Whether they are the remnants of Canada’s short historical past or the ancient temples of a civilization that thrived 1,000 years ago, Monica’s images tell a story.

Travelling the world continues to be a passion. Her travels over the past 20 years have inspired Monica to photograph more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage sites – some of the most photogenic places that one could ever wish to visit.


Monica Glitz has always taken the road less travelled to experience the wonders that the world has to offer. Her travels over the past 20 years have inspired Monica to photograph locations with natural beauty and historical significance throughout Europe, North & South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. Her images capture the essence of standing in awe of the view, whether of ruins from ancient times or a mist shrouded path in the mountains.

In this series of photographs, Monica has captured stunning images of distinct historically important and environmentally sensitive UNESCO World Heritage sites. Her images capture the feeling of looking back in time, and often the smallest details tell the best stories.

These images are presented in two alternative printing formats with historical roots in the 1800’s: platinum palladium and tri-color pigment gum over palladium. These special printing techniques produce distinct works of art that possess a beauty, depth, and permanence that will endure generations and give justice to the enduring qualities of the subjects captured in the images.

Monica’s passion in photography is to share the beauty she sees from an emotional perspective, and to challenge the mind and imagination to ask questions about the past … who? why? how?