When I first met Jake Howden, for this shoot three years ago, he was 19 and had just pulled together his EP Grass and Flowers … and then made the interesting decision to delay release and rework it, deciding that the polished studio production wasn’t him. It was an impressively ballsy call from a young guy who had only started playing with any intent a couple of years earlier. Since then Jake has had a moment of fame as a contestant on The Voice where his vocals and playing blew everyone away.
I decided to photograph Jake at Norah Head Lighthouse as it’s a great atmospheric setting and gives you a lovely range of textures. He’s got a great soulful face and incorporating his guitar made him feel more comfortable with the camera.