Hart Island is an island within sight of New York City and has been used as the American metropolis' cemetery for the poor for over 125 years. Today, the funerals are performed by inmates of a neighboring detention facility, who are transported to the deserted island for their activities every morning. Hunt and Sternfeld accompanied them for two years. "We made the trip once or twice a month to capture the changing seasons. Each time, it seemed like we were crossing the river Styx.
The photographs, carefully composed by Sternfeld, show how nature threatens to swallow up the past. Only at second glance do details reveal hints of the eventful history of Hart Island.
Melinda Hunt's artistic installations frame the photographs with newspaper clippings, copies of death certificates and handwritten notes of the prisoners who have to bury the unknown dead every day.