Susan and Chelsey

Chelsey: “Contrails have always captured my imagination, at times filling me with envy. ‘Where were they going?’—probably somewhere great, I imagined. Though in all likelihood it was probably going somewhere like Decatur (Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Decatur and have nothing against Decatur. All I know about Decatur—it’s where Cameron Frye’s parents were on Ferris’s fateful day off).
My wife and I love to travel. The sights, smells, and sounds experienced; the interactions with different cultures and ethnicities enrich the soul.
In an instant, the contrails were all but gone. The whimsy conjured from the backyard while gazing at these travelers zipping across the sky—gone. But so, too, was the envy. The unnatural, straight lines cluttering the skies had also disappeared. Where something I had long known was no longer there, the chance to appreciate something new had been created.
Our lives have changed, our jobs have changed but we persist and adapt, finding potential/promise/beauty in places both previously unseen or neglected and those newly created.
Susan (dressed for a Zoom meeting) is a brand ambassador for Broken Shed Vodka. For an emerging brand, hand selling is one of the most powerful tools in her wheelhouse. Covid turned this wheelhouse on its side. But she, and the Broken Shed team have marched forward thinking outside of the box and focusing on the future.
I (dressed to the nines with nowhere to go) am a biologist for Third Rock Consultants. Work has slowed. In the summer, surveys for endangered bats keep many of us busy. Covid has eliminated surveys until thorough research is conducted on potential transmission from humans to our native, struggling bat communities. A certain curveball, but we will adapt. We will survive.
In our downtime, we have immersed ourselves in our hobbies. Susan in cooking and crafting cocktails, and I in photography and DIY. When Kurt and Kremena found us, I was knee-deep in the rubble that was once our dilapidated concrete patio created from a recently rented jackhammer (it will soon be our new deck). I feel this project is a bit of a metaphor for the chaos so many are experiencing right now, but with the hope of a new and bright future ahead.”

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.