b. 1986, HK.
Published with National Geographic twice in 2018
Nominated by World Press Photography Foundation 2019
Terrell Groggins is a Detroit -based film maker and photographer whose current work explores stereotypes of race and gender, action photography with an emphasis on boxing.
Terrell is known domestically and internationally for his compelling coverage of boxing and social injustice in Detroit Mi. His observant understanding of the human condition informs his vision on the African diaspora. Beyond photographing dedicates significant time developing his film making career as a director.
Since 2008 He has worked as a financial advisors for educators in Michigan, and is a pillar in the community mentoring youth.
Mr. Groggins compassion and commitment to young people is deeply rooted to growing up in a single parent home but living on a block where everyone looked out for each other. Mr. Groggins mother, grandmother Edna raised him to the best of their abilities but when family was not present it was the local neighborhood of grounded men, that filled in to make sure he wouldn’t fail in life.
His journey to becoming a photographer first started when he started with his neighbor’s mother who was a Japanese teacher should a world perspective that extends outside of Detroit.
Terrell Studied to be an optimist while living in Windsor, Ontario for two years before deciding to do be a real estate agent for his family business.
In 2012 desperate to find value in life after years of grieving his younger brother’s death in 2008 he picked up a camera and found joy, passion and the fulfillment he had been searching for his whole life Through photography, Terrell learned he could do all the things that were important to him (education, empowerment, activism, inspire others, author history, create art, fashion, travel, meet new people and work for himself). A self taught photographer with no former training Terrell has catapulted from an unfamiliar name to being sought after for his signature photographic style.
The sane year Terrel founded his photography company and brand “ My Art My Rules” He has worked for five plus years primarily black and white photography for his documentary projects. He has photographed fashion models, athletes, and freelanced for local news papers.
Currently Terrell partnered with Salita Promotions as a creative director that covers boxing events for Showtime, Hbo, Dazn
Rebel With A Cause
As Albert Camus once said, “I rebel; therefore we exist,” thus goes my life. My defiance lies in my quest to rise above all obstacles, and not just to rise alone, but to pull along those who like me, contend with other circumstances.
I grew up in the inner city of Detroit where my family influenced me to not only know how wide the world is, but to also strive for the finer things in life.
Like my grandfather, who composed his own music traveled the country playing; a man who beat insurmountable odds to become a writer and cartoonist; I too, follow my passions of planning, learning, and helping people. I believe that in as much as we’re all human, we are unique in our own rights. I believe that each one of us is a complex artist and as artists, our sole purpose is to use the genius in us to heal the world.
We all sometimes have those moments when a light-bulb goes off and makes us want to get up and do something extraordinary. But…sometimes we are our worst enemies. Fear, insecurities, and the drudgery of life, holds back our inner genius. I have rebelled against that complacency. I won’t let the extraordinaire slip through my fingers.
I believe creating and learning go hand and hand. I taught myself photography when I realized early, that I had a natural eye behind the lens. Indeed, no natural talent gets far without learning and relearning. A strict work ethic is also important in achieving goals. I practice my craft every single day—I basically live it.
I have learned that having a passion for doing something, even small, for the greater good of the universe, is paramount. With everything that is happening around the world, I have always felt like a small hummingbird working alone to put off a huge forest fire. Though sometimes I have been discouraged, I keep going.
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