Abandoned Cemeteries of Nova Scotia
Anticipated, full-colour collection of photo essays from photographer and amateur historian focusing on the forgotten cemeteries of Nova Scotia, blending travel writing and poetic, narrative nonfiction.
Steve Skafte has lived his entire life in Annapolis County — or what he calls “The Dead Centre” — a place with more forgotten history than anywhere else in the country. In search of those forgotten stories, Skafte stumbled over a couple of overgrown cemeteries, and began his quest for what was hiding in the hundreds of cemeteries and burial grounds that lie abandoned in the woods all over Nova Scotia. En route, he discovered twisting trails of indifference, forgetfulness, and desecration.
Featuring 80 haunting colour images and more than twenty deeply poetic tales of discovery, The Dead Die Twice: Abandoned Cemeteries of Nova Scotia chronicles Skafte’s year of exploring abandoned cemeteries, pushing through walls of scratching brush, cutting a path to the past, and unearthing buried stones and half-forgotten stories.
Steve Skafte is a writer and photographer from Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, where he's lived all his life. Since he turned twenty in 2007, he's kept and shared an uninterrupted daily journal online, with stories and adventures from all over the wilds of the province — and how it felt to be there. Much of his time is wrapped up in finding forgotten human history that has been left behind in the woods.