Photographer Sophia Wilson is recovering from last weekend’s chaos. She was, for a short while, wrapped up in the whirlwind of the Grammy Awards, which took place in Las Vegas. “I had a raging migraine for three days from the distinct smell of casino smoke and musk everywhere, combined with all the neon lights,” she says, “but it was totally worth it. “
She’s usually based in New York, but was called in to the event to work with two of the most recognizable names in the industry right now: Lil Nas X and Petra Collins, the genius behind the almighty aesthetic of ‘Olivia Rodrigo. While in Vegas, Sophia set out to explore, throwing parties attended by the TikTok elite of 2022 and the music stars of the moment.
During Saturday night’s Next Up pre-party, she came across Zack Biaa shy camera Charli D’Amelio, Jacques-Charles and Noah Beck. The spooky and intense event was “extremely Gen-Z” she said: “light up the selfie stations, the glittering donut walls and the tater tots like h’or d’oeuvres.”
Then came the big day: Sunday, before the event kicked off, “I spent the morning in Petra Collins’ hotel room across the street photographing her prepare with her sister and her boyfriend,” says Sophia. (Petra was nominated for Olivia’s “Yours 4video, which she directed). They were, says Sophia, “all angels”.
But she had a new cohort when she walked the red carpet: Lil Nas X and his crew. There, as Lil Nas forced himself into the spotlight, alongside Sophia’s friend Nick Lee (a writer on Montero) and her go-to production duo Take A Daytrip, Sophia stepped back and captured the event from a whole new perspective. Beyond the barriers that usually stand between photographer and subject, she offers us a rare look at the event through her almost ethereal, traditionally revealing lens.
Here, exclusively on iD, you can see Sophia’s take on a weekend at the Grammys in Sin City. By the end of the night, however, everything got a little too intense. “I skipped the afterparties,” Sophia says. “I was beyond exhausted and desperately needed to sleep!”
Photography Sophie Wilson