The nearly two-year-long clean up of Echo Park Lake will result in some dramatic changes to the historic heart of Echo Park, including the draining and refilling of the lake and the cutting down and replanting of trees. The changes underway got two Echo Park residents to thinking how to best document this dramatic makeover. The result is an automated web camera located west of the lake that has been taking photos every two minutes since the middle of July. The camera will keep taking photos – 720 a day or 21,600 a month – until the project is completed, with the images being posted on EchoParkLake.com.
The pair behind EchoParkLake.com prefer to be known by their aliases, Mr. Rollerzz and Rev. Mook. Rev. Mook provides some background:
We’re both long time Echo Park residents. We know each other from riding bikes together and we’re both photography enthusiasts. We were having a few beers and discussing the lake renovation and how best to document it. I [Mr. Rollerzz] was originally planning a series of still photos (maybe all from the same or similar angles), but then Rev. Mook said, “wouldn’t a webcam be cool?”. Being an open source software enthusiast I [Rev. Mook] figured I could make it happen.