John Trotter

June 7, 2007 - June 30, 2007

After nearly being beaten to death by six strangers on a spring day in 1997, former Sacramento Bee photographer, John Trotter, documents the long and difficult journey of recovering from a severe brain injury. His recovery took place at Sierra Gates, a quiet brain injury treatment facility where he worked with various therapists re-learning the everyday tasks of walking, talking, eating and dressing. Six months after his release he returned to Sierra Gates to photograph. He states, “Having been attacked because I was a photographer I needed, as much as anything else, to learn to be a photographer again. But I had taken pictures there for about a year before I understood that I was trying to understand my own completely altered experience of life.”