Lake Merritt

I began taking photos of Lake Merritt during my walks around the 3.5-mile perimeter of the lake at the beginning of the Covid pandemic in early 2020.

I put together the images in this project to document parts of Lake Merritt that are not always obvious to the casual viewer. Despite news reports of rising crime, homelessness, and pollution, Lake Merritt is also an urban oasis where impromptu drum circles radiate ecstatic energies and Fellini-like characters saunter aimlessly. Even the lake waters have their magic and mysteries if you are lucky enough to be there on a good day when the light is right.