Published in the Tribune-Star | Thursday, October 2, 2014
In May 2002, after Spidel’s second year in college, he was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident which caused a brain injury and paralysis of one arm. After lengthy rehabilitation in Indianapolis and an attempt to return to college, he was forced to change his course in life. He found photography as therapy and an outlet.
“I took an interest in photography because usually head injuries cause memory issues,” said Spidel. “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.”
Spidel has a new perspective while taking photos of nature and people. Since life for him has “slowed down,” he will often see details that others miss.
He uses digital photography to create fine art notecards, prints and canvases which have been sold locally. Spidel was a featured artist at the 2014 Art & Wine Show in Terre Haute and has participated in the Collett Park Christmas Walk, as well as other Wabash Valley shows and festivals.
Another selection of Spidel’s works is on display at Body Balance Chiropractic Center in Terre Haute. He also will be featured during November in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Sycamore Manor. Spidel’s photography can also be viewed at joshspidel.com.
For more information on RCAA exhibits and membership visit RiverCityArt.org or call RCAA President Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.