Among the people Kurt and I photographed today were Samantha and her son King. Tonight, instead of crafting our own words to reflect on the goings on of the day, we are sharing Samantha’s words, hoping they bring others, too, comfort and peace: “What’s the best that could happen? It’s been my mantra since surviving the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, France. I’m no stranger to trauma. My life’s experiences have certainly shaped me for moments like these … especially in helping my son adapt. Homeschool is a lot. We are well though. I process emotion well and have learned to be kind to myself through all of my challenges. I am very much at peace and deeply grateful for that. Perspective is everything and this peace I have feels like I’m laying in a field of flowers some days. I wear a dress everyday just because. I drink champagne at 10am if I feel so moved. I stand in the sun in my socks and pray often. Life is good even when it’s not. And I’m constantly reminded that, ‘God can do anything, far more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams!’ Eph.3:20 MSG” / Also part of May 27 FB post

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.