Contact Photo: Looking Forward, Looking Back

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

Yellow Mt

Huangshan, China

Do you have any funny or interesting stories from the road?

I usually travel with my husband, but also with some close friends. I really appreciate the fact that my travel companions are (or have learned to be) very patient with my photographic process and habits.  It is unsurprising to find that I have disappeared and it often takes a bit of time to find me, often off in an unexpected direction to what is considered the regular tourist view. Since we generally rent a vehicle and head out on our journey of exploration, certain driving skills have been adopted: when I say STOP, it is understood that it means 1.  Look in the rear view mirror, 2. Assuming it is clear, slam on the breaks and pull over NOW.  I am out of the car and heading back down the road almost before the car has one to a complete stop.  There is often no planning involved in finding that special scene or moment. It just happens as I see it.  Because inclement weather conditions are often involved in the view that I wish to capture, I regularly return to the vehicle with everyone staring at my wet and bedraggled state and wondering what on earth I saw to insist on heading out to capture it.

Where do you want your work to be seen?

I never think about who will see my work or where it will be seen.  My passion is to capture a special moment in time or the emotional feel of a unique place.  I take images to please myself, but I am grateful when others appreciate my work.

What’s next for you? 

To continue exploring interesting and unique places around the world.  There is so much to see and I would love to see it all!


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?