There’s no doubt in saying that 2015 was the year of Grime. From national radio to international raves, the London sound Shutdown the airwaves and embarked on a global takeover. For every sound comes an aesthetic and with every movement comes visual a documentation; At the forefront of this phenomenon is Polish born, London bred photographer, 19 year old, Vicky Grout.
With an impressive portfolio boasting iconic shots from Drake to A$AP Rocky, Skepta to Stormzy, there is nobody capturing the energy and authenticity of the sound quite like Vicky. In short, if Vicky's shooting you, it means you're kind of a big deal.
After discovering her family camera at the age of 14, the last 5 years have seen a genuine talent emerge through practice and progression; from lookbooks to events and fashion week shows, Vicky’s repertoire extends beyond clubs and spills out into fashion, friends and surroundings.
What many people don’t know about Vicky is that, her skills aren't limited to the lens; she studied a foundation degree at Central St. Martin’s, before, half way through the degree things began to move quickly, when her images began to be recognised elsewhere (Complex, Fader and Boiler Room, to name but a few). Her talent as a multi-media artist reach beyond photography and into graphic design and recently, she's began styling her own shoots. It came as no surprise when images from Nasir Mazhar and Astrid Andersen’s LC:M shows had Vicky's name as a credit.
Anybody that knows Vicky will know that despite her meteoric rise to success over the last 12 months, she will always be the first to help out another creative, plus she’s a bloody good laugh to be around. For many of this generation Vicky's photographs will serve as a tome to modern underground youth culture.
Her ability to authentically document youth-culture and night life from within the rave, call to mind iconic London artists Ewen Spencer and Risky Roadz and her decision to turn tee total hints at a focus and drive beyond her years. Only just old enough to attend events she’s shooting, the future is bright for Vicky. So next time you wake up bemoaning a sore head and wondering what you did last night- remember two things; one Vicky probably has photographic evidence. And two, while you were ordering the shot that broke the camel’s back, she was busy building her empire.
Words: Lucy Bonner