Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

All the World’s a Stage

Published on August 13, 2012 in Blog Posts, Event | 1 comment

Last night the Houses of Parliament became a stunning display screen of memorable moments from the 2012 Olympic Games. London is unexpectedly quiet as most locals have heeded calls to avoid the city center. It worked well for me; there was no waiting for a dinner table in Covent Garden.

A Time to Change? | Uganda Votes

Published on February 19, 2011 in Blog Posts, Event | 1 comment

Election day in Uganda passed peacefully for the most part, with only a few scattered incidents of reported violence. This does not come as a surprise, however. The announcement of the presidential winner, due no later than Sunday evening, is what will draw the most reaction from the streets. Peaceful does not mean that the […]

Mourning the Loss of Grace

Published on September 16, 2010 in Blog Posts, Event | 2 comments

I honestly thought she would make it. I’m not even sure I would have started this story if I knew she wouldn’t have. Wednesday after midnight I got a call from Sarah. “Mtoto yangu amekufa,” she repeated over and over again on the phone hysterically, “My child has died.” I went immediately to the hospital […]

Machines & Animals

Published on July 28, 2010 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Event, Random | 2 comments

One of these days I am going to have to get a car, but I’ll hold out for as long as I can. I came to East Africa in part seeking a simpler lifestyle. I enjoy chatting with people around me and getting to know the culture in-depth. I watch in fascination as the preachers […]

Cairo’s World Cup Pre-Fever

Published on November 17, 2009 in Blog Posts, Event | 0 comments

It’s a great time to be in Cairo. During my five days here the city has constantly been alive with energy at all hours. On Saturday night Egypt’s Pharaohs won a crucial victory over its bitter rival Algeria. However the winning margin (2-0) was not enough to qualify outright for the World Cup, so the […]

So long, farewell

Published on July 6, 2009 in Blog Posts, Event, Photo Essay | 2 comments

Frank & Salome got married recently. While I photographed their wedding as well, I thought the images from the farewell were a bit more interesting. The farewell is when the bride formally says goodbye to her family and is embraced into that of the groom’s. In this case, there was a lot more hoopla and […]

Pigroast 2K9

Published on January 7, 2009 in Blog Posts, Event | 1 comment

It’s become an annual tradition in my circle of friends. Although one year we deviated and fried a turkey instead, New Year’s day 2009 saw the third annual Pigroast in James & Jennifer’s back yard in Church Hill, the oldest part of Richmond. Warning: some faint-hearted vegetarians may wish to avert their eyes. James & […]

Remembering Gonaives

Published on September 12, 2008 in Blog Posts, Event, Photo Essay | 3 comments

Parts of Haiti are under 16 feet of water this week. Over the past month the country has been inundated with heavy rains brought by four storms: Fay, Gustave, Hanna and Ike. Caribbean nations are often the first to bear the brunt of these powerful storms that form in the Atlantic. Last December I photographed […]