Jonathan Shipley is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He’s written for the Los Angeles Times, Gather Journal, Uppercase, and many other publications.

An epistolary interview with John Coffer, one of the world’s foremost wet-plate photographers, suddenly comes to a close with: “Well, gotta’ go move some cattle.” The interview is being conducted by handwritten letters because Coffer is off the grid. He’s got no Internet on his fifty-acre homestead a few miles outside Dundee, New York, and he doesn’t offer up his phone number to anyone,

Jonathan Shipley