In Lexington, Kentucky, the universities and public schools closed last Friday. On the same day, all faith communities were asked to suspend their services. Over the weekend, major social events were canceled, including the Shamrock Shuffle and St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The public libraries shuttered, too. As of 5 pm today, we can no longer go to a restaurant or bar for a sit-down meal or a drink. Or to catch a drag show. We are, instead, asked to practice social distancing. Which is hard, even for the introverts among us and even if we call it something else, like “physical distancing,” in order to affirm our lasting commitment to community. So Kremena and I are starting a new artwork and we need your help. Every day, we plan to photograph at least one person/couple/family group at their home, folks who are practicing social distancing. We promise to keep our distance. And to be kind. Because so many are on edge, we would prefer not to surprise anyone by showing up unannounced at their doorstep. Which is where you come in. Please comment below or send Kremena a PM to let us know if we can create a portrait of you or of a relative/friend/neighbor of yours. We will always contact you/them first, to arrange a good time for us to arrive. We will aim to post at least one picture a day. Thank you, Lexington.

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.