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Big Sean and Waka Flocka's "Crazy Eye": Samuel Trotter, Digging Through the Greats

Each week, Green Label invites a visionary photographer, filmmaker, designer or artist to dig through their folios and tell the story of their favorite works. This is: Samuel Trotter.

I've considered myself a photographer since picking up my first camera back in the 8th Grade. I recently graduated from High School after shooting for five years. After an experience where my school was selling yearbooks for some pretty steep prices, I got together with a friend of mine and opted to borrow some cameras from our moms to produce our own video yearbooks. We almost ended up getting expelled for what we did, but the silver lining was the profit we made after taking such a risk and seeing that photography could possibly be an outlet for me. I recognized that I had a knack for something and that’s when my photographic journey began.

I went through a phase where I did a lot of work locally, but nothing never panned out early on in Detroit. The nature of the city presented some obstacles for me in terms of being able to tap into an established and welcoming creative community. With all that I experienced there I made the decision to reach out to other creatives outside of Detroit and found a warmer reception, which encouraged me to keep on going.

By taking that chance, I've been able to connect with folks from all over and share my experiences with them as well.

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