74 days ago, the universities and public schools in Lexington closed to in-person instruction. Most restaurants, bars, and coffee houses shuttered, too. As did the local public libraries. Kentuckians were asked to begin practicing this thing called social distancing. It was a cold Monday; the sun never made it out from behind the mix of grey clouds. Kurt and I know this because on that day we photographed each other outside our houses, recording the date, temperature, and time of day. It was 40 degrees. We began an artwork we later named Lexington at the Time of COVID-19. After photographing every day for 74 days, our hearts are full with the beauty, grace, and courage we’ve witnessed after visiting home after home. On Day 1, we promised to keep our distance. And to be kind. All these days later, we recognize the gifts of kindness so many of you extended to us, in so many different ways. Thank you, dear fellow Lexingtonians. 74 days later, the public school year is over. Restaurants, public parks, and dentist offices have been allowed to reopen (following pandemic-appropriate rules). Folks can now gather in groups of 10 or less, provided they follow the “hands, face, space” rule: wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice #socialdistancing. So starting today, Kurt and I are going to photograph less often—once a week—and share our photographs once or twice a week. As we do this, we have a few fun images and stories to share—but first, we offer you the photograph and story of Becca, Ilias, and George, whom we met yesterday. Read more below. And see you next week ❤ #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.