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Diffusion Magazine

A number of years ago, my work was featured on the Plates to Pixels online blog. It was and is, a site that looks  at photography from a different perspective and celebrates a broad range of imagery.  It was there that I was introduced to the curator, Blue Mitchell and over time, I have witnessed the evolution of Blue’s wonderful annual print magazine, Diffusion, that has evolved into a publication that is stellar…

From the first issue to Volume 4, (which was just issued this week), I have seen an amazing explosion of photographers working outside of the digital realm, using historical techniques, new ways to consider the photograph, and new approaches to the medium.  And Mr. Mitchell has been at the forefront of showcasing that explosion celebrating it all in print. To order your copy, go here.

Diffusion comes out once a year–Volume 4 is 95 pages packed with articles, exhibitions, and exposure.  I am thrilled to be a contributing writer in this issue, offering up an interview with the amazing John Chervinsky.  Articles include: Exploring the Muse: Susan Kae Grant, Ken Rosenthal and Polly Chandler by Susan Burnstine,Transient Reflections and Fixed Impressions: Thoughts on the Physical Photograph in a Digital Age by Jeffrey Baker, Abstract Photography by Ryan Nabulsi.

In addition, this issue of Diffusion has featured artists profiled by photographers, a Hand-Crafted Invitational, and a Muse Juried Group Showcase. Indeed a wonderful collection of images and writing that is so worth the annual wait.

As Blue states, “Diffusion took well over a year of contemplation, conversations, considerations, and finally creation. It’s an honor to present a fresh and dynamic look at what I feel represents the current state of unconventional photography. Diffusion is an independent reader and contributor supported annual photography publication. Diffusion strives to spotlight artists pushing the boundaries of traditional photographic processes as well as introducing new and innovative voices through articles, interviews, and image galleries. This volume’s content came about as organically as any other, but I feel we’ve really pushed the boundaries of what we were—and are becoming something entirely new.”

 By design, we’ve moved more into the realm of book-making rather than the traditional magazine periodical format. There are several reasons for this, but most importantly is the nature of what Diffusion is intended to be: a limited edition annual.

The Muse group showcase theme pushed the entire feel and content of this volume. On a personal level, I have been captivated by the concept of the muse ever since my first art history class in college. I have ventured into exploring it in my own work and have found that the illusive muse truly does exist.

 After exploring this theme in our group showcase we discovered not only does it exist for other artists too, but that the muse’s energy is embodied in some very diverse entities.

The other overarching theme that transpire in these pages is that of science: photography as science, and the exploration of physics, chemistry, and cognitive science. This is balanced with a good dose of photo history peppered within the articles PLUS a new section: The Artist’s Hand. I’m excited to include this brand new feature that is focused on photo-based art where the photographer has left some kind of thumbprint behind on the work itself. This section is a balance between the history and description of a process with some exceptional examples of the process being implemented by contemporary photographers.

I truly believe that the work in Volume IV was conceived by alchemists—my hope is that you will find inspiration amongst their creations and perhaps even find the creative echo of your own muse as you explore and adsorb the enchantment hidden within the pages.

—Blue Mitchell

Diffusion Magazine Call for Entry

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Diffusion Magazine. Published by photographer Blue Mitchell, it’s an annual publication and worth a subscription. Here is this year’s call for entry.

Call for Entries

Group Showcase 2012.

‘Muse’ is a concept deeply seeded in the exploration of photography. Tina Modotti was the well-documented muse of Edward Weston. Paris was the muse of Eugene Atget, while some might argue that Edward Steichen’s muse was photography itself.

For this call we are considering works that address the concept of ‘The Muse.’ Your interpretation of what ‘muse’ means is entirely personal and we challenge you to think beyond the more common notions of the concept. Please provide a short artist statement explaining your ideas on what ‘muse’ is for you and how you’ve incorporated it into your work.

This call for art is open to all photographers internationally. All processes and techniques are welcomed but understand we are looking for unconventional photographic methods and alternative photographic processes.


All published photographers will receive a complimentary copy of Diffusion, Volume IV, 2012.

Best of Show will also receive a copy of Diffusion Volume II, III and a feature spread in “Editor’s Selection”.

1st and 2nd place photographers will receive a feature spread in “Editor’s Selection”.

Image specifications

Learning to Feel by Blue Mitchell

Submit images (300 ppi) in JPEG or TIFF format, sized to approximately 12” in the longest direction. Images should be titled with photographers first name then last name and image title. For example, If the title of my photograph is “Learning to Feel” then my file name should look like: Blue_Mitchell_Learning_to_Feel.tiff

Submit files on CD only.

Submission fee

20.00$ submission fee for 5 images. $5.00 for each additional image with no maximum. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Payable to One Twelve Publishing (we accept check or money order)

What to send us

No entry form is required, but please enclose a text document or PDF that includes your name, address, email (mandatory for notification), image titles, photographic process, website, artist statement (discussed above) and any other information pertinent to your submittal.

All entries must be received by December 1st, 2011

Send entries to:

One Twelve Publishing
1631 NE Broadway #143
Portland, OR 97232

**International Submission**

If you are outside of North America and wish to save money on shipping, please email us at [email protected] and we will work with you to gather your information electronically.

LightBox Photographic Gallery

We are looking to have superior conceptual pieces with the highest quality of craftmanship in this group show to be featured at LightBox Gallery and at Plates to Pixels online gallery. handyman services . Juror Blue Mitchell, submissions due by midnight July 10, 2011. Show will hang in the gallery for a nearly 8 weeks. Denver DUI Attorney . Established and upcoming Photographic artisans are encouraged to be part of this collaborative showcase exhibit! Help us by being part of it, we are hoping to show the best in Photographic fine art with a diverse collection of imagery and techniques represented, and present a show that Astoria and the Northwest must come see. Check out the call for entries page for full information, thank you, michael and chelsea http://lightbox-photographic.com/call-for-entries/

Sunday Submissions

There are many submission opportunities available to photographers–these are some that I highly endorse as they are organizations working to help photographers gain exposure and advance their careers.

WONDERLAND: Photographic Fantasies
DEADLINE: Tomorrow, May 30th, 2011
Photo Place Gallery
Juror: Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine
Photographs can record the detail of the world as we see it. But they can also enable us to present the world as we imagine it. The juried exhibition Wonderland: Photographic Fantasies will feature photos that envision the realms of dreams, the fantasies, and surreal world of the imagination.

16th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition
Extended DEADLINE: June 11, 2011
Photo Center NW
Juror: Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography
This year the exhibition theme is focused on ANYTHING related to Land or Water– open to interpretation. Selected entries will be exhibited in Seattle, WA at the Photo Center August – Mid October 2011. All photo processes are welcome. Maximum frame size is 32 inches on the longest side. Artists will be responsible for shipping their framed work to and from the gallery.

Klompching Gallery’s First Annual Open Photography Exhibition
DEADLINE: June 6th, 2011
Curated by W.M. Hunt and Darren Ching
The objective of FRESH, is to showcase—in exhibit and online—new talents in contemporary photography that is fresh in approach and vision. The curators are looking for photographs that fully employ the medium of photography within the context of contemporary photographic practice. There is no theme, but submissions with a consistent vision, originality and a strong viewpoint are essential.

I Love L.A. Photography Contest
DEADLINE: June 15th
Jurors TBD
$15,000 in prizes
Our theme is “I Love LA”. Submit any photograph you feel that would best represent this theme. Can be literal images, or your own interpretation. Have fun with it, be serious, quirky, dramatic, sexy, edgy, sarcastic, whatever you choose. It could be an image you took years ago, or one you’ll take tomorrow. Doesn’t even have to be taken in LA. Just pick great photographic-based images that represents the I Love LA theme.

Diffusion Magazine 2011

Publisher, photographer, and all around visionary, Blue Mitchell, has recently released the 2011 issue of Diffusion Magazine (Vol lll). It’s ready for purchase and sure to be another wonderful issue full of inspiration and uncommon images. Also included are articles by Zeb Andrews, Libby Rowe, Lauren Henkin, and Blue Mitchell. Blue began this annual publication in 2009 as a place to celebrate photographs and photographers who were using unusual, historical, and creative approaches to image making.

In conjunction with the launch of the 2011 issue, the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta will be showcasing many of the featured artists. The exhibition opens on June 11th-July 16th, 2011.

Displaced (2010) by Lauren Henkin

Infinite Pines (2008) by Becky Comber

Untitled (2010) by Becky Comber

Untitled (2008) by Becky Comber

Rescuing Victory (2010) by Charles Grogg

Magnolia Tree (2010) by Charles Grogg

Rescue (2008) by Charles Grogg

The Thief (2008) by Jason E. Kelley

The Centurion and the Druid (2010) by Jason E. Kelley

Tea Party (2009) by Jason E. Kelley

Chandelier (2003) by Ann Pallesen

Dahlias (2004) by Ann Pallesen

Plush (2003) by Ann Pallesen

It Still Had All Its Teeth (2009) by Kate Stone

There Were Bras Hanging in the Window (2009) by Kate Stone

Turned Out She Was Down the Block (2009) by Kate Stone

Joanna, Age 16 (2004) by Rita Bernstein

Witness (2010) by Rita Bernstein

Blackbird (2010) by Rita Bernstein

Suburban Sublime #1 (2010) by Christopher Jordan

Suburban Sublime #13 (2010) by Christopher Jordan

Suburban Sublime #14 (2010) by Christopher Jordan

Object Diaspora #27 (2010) by Jennifer Schlesinger

Object Diaspora #12 (2009) by Jennifer Schlesinger

Object Diaspora #1 (2009) by Jennifer Schlesinger

Swept Away (2009) by Libby Rowe

Jake Shivery

Editor and photographer, Blue Mitchell, recently sent me a terrific interview with Jake Shivery. Before I even got to reading the interview, I had already fallen in love with Jake’s images…it’s that little ache, that desire to possess, that desire to have created it yourself which rolls into a deeper appreciation of the work because you know you couldn’t possibily make work like it.

To quote Blue: “Jake Shivery is a portraitist based in St. Johns, Oregon. He has been involved in the photo industry for over twenty years, working in many capacities in many places. In 2001, he co-founded Blue Moon Camera and Machine, where he is now the proprietor. In the past few years, exhibitions of Jake’s Contact Portrait series have taken place in several notable galleries: Newspace Center for Photography, the Camerawork Gallery, and the Lightbox Gallery in Astoria. Examples of his work may be found in the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s “Visual Chronicle of Portland” and the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection of photographs. He lives in St. Johns with his lady-friend, Emily and their dog, Daisy.”

Several years ago, The Portland Tribune wrote an article about Jake the businessman and camera store owner. Jake currently has an exhibition of 8×10 contact prints at the Angst Gallery in Vancouver, WA during the month of April.

Self Portrait, N. Syracuse, 2007

Mr. L. Peterson & Ms. C. Fisher, Sauvie Island, 2008 no1

Ms. A. Jones, Sauvie Island, 2009 no2

Ms. A. Torresola, Oaks Park, 2008 no1

Ms. A Moyer, St Johns Bridge, no.2

Lewises, N. Wayland, 2008 no2

Mr. D.E. May, Salem, 2009 no1

Mr. D. McCormick & Mr. M. McCormick, Ace Typewriter Co, 2008

Señor Ayala under Rocky Butte, 2007 no2

Ms. M. Pettit, SE 18th, 2009 no1

Mr. T. Busby, St. Johns Bridge, 2009

Ms. T. Miller, Sauvie Island, 2009

Mr. F. Short, Whiskey Basketball, 2008

Mr. S. McFadden at work, 2008

Ms. K. Evans, N. Syracuse, 2009 no2