While photographing this week, Kremena and I sensed and heard many things: *A mother addressing her 3-year-old in her native tongue, then apologizing for it. She told us strangers have made her feel uncomfortable for not speaking English to her kid so many times, she now explains why she does it (to teach him the language of his grandparents), *People reflecting on what this pandemic might mean for increased environmental protection. What they imagined was beautiful, *Quiet sadness seeping into the spaces of lives lived alone during a global health crisis, *A question: Can 1,000 origami dragons help a community persist? We saw these and many other things, and we felt close to our neighbors all over the city.

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.