Today 17 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lexington, Kentucky. Today our city’s streets continued to be nearly empty. The sidewalks felt uninhabited, too. “I can hear birds singing so much better now,” a friend we photographed remarked. Then her eyes welled up with tears for the days of pedestrians and traffic that seem so far behind us now. Today one person sang “Sunshine On My Shoulders” on his side porch. It was his daughter’s second day of spring break. Today laughter and sadness mingled all over Lexington, sunshine temporarily giving way to cold rain.

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.