Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Everywhere a Coffee Bar

Published on February 10, 2014 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay, Random | 1 comment

Three coffee shops next to each other on the same block?  One right across from the other?  This isn’t the left bank of the Seine or downtown DC.  This is Ethiopia! Sure, coffee is grown and exported from other African countries like Tanzania and Kenya, but only in Ethiopia is coffee cultivated, harvested, roasted, and […]

Empowering Chad

Published on September 10, 2012 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Random, Video | 1 comment

My most recent video production was shot near Exxon’s oil fields in southern Chad. For women, Chad is one of the most challenging nations in which to live. But in the communities around the southern town of Doba, women are defying the status quo by becoming the leading business people of the area. Thanks to […]

Zooming ’round Hanoi

Published on November 14, 2010 in Blog Posts, Random | 2 comments

It’s my first assignment outside Africa this year, and my first time ever to travel to Vietnam. I had some free time to explore the streets of Hanoi this afternoon, which were supposedly sleepy compared to a weekday. I’ll have the next few days to draw comparisons. While the word chaotic comes to mind, the […]

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 […]