My name is Josh Spidel. In May 2002 I was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident. I hit a stopped van while traveling in excess of 60 mph. The trauma physicians told my parents to pay their respects because I would most likely die that night. I was air lifted to a trauma center in Indianapolis where I was in a coma for six weeks in ICU. I then received months of inpatient rehab followed by years of specialized therapy to recover from a traumatic brain injury. The crash has left me without the use of my right arm among other things.
I attempted to resume my previous education in technology but after two years it became plain that this course was just not going to work. I took an interest in photography because usually head injuries cause memory issues. For me, a picture can bring to the surface memories which I did not know that I had. Before too long, I noticed that I genuinely enjoyed the process of photography. I still find it striking how something which was used solely for my own benefit has been transformed into an activity that others may enjoy.
I am a member of the River City Arts Association which has given me the opportunity to show my work in various businesses and shows. I have created and sold notecards, prints and canvases featuring my photography. Additionally, I have used my photography to create yearbooks for local children who are members of the Terre Haute Christian Home Educators co-op. I have also taken senior pictures, prom pictures and family events. My hope now is to tell my story of God's powerful intervention in my life and share my new found passion of photography.