Kremena and I began photographing our fellow Lexingtonians practicing social distancing exactly one month ago. One month ago, local universities and public schools closed, as did restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. We seemed to quickly cross into a new reality defined by frightening and rapid change. A month later, the national unemployment rate is at its highest weekly level since the Great Depression. Most Kentuckians continue to practice social distancing as well as we can. At night, green lights illuminate front porches, street-facing windows, and dogwoods blossoming in pink and white. At the beginning of our second month of social distancing, many public-health experts agree that life as we knew it cannot fully return. At least not in the next 2 years. In the meantime, one Lexington family is expecting the birth of their second child: she will be named Lexi, after her city. #TogetherKY #TeamKentucky #HealthyatHome

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.