At age 23 Joseph suffered a traumatic brain injury the moment his car 'Baby Blue' impacted around a tree on the side of the road the night of May 5th, 2012.


Due to the impact of the accident his brain suffered severe damage and put him in a six month coma. Joseph woke up from his comma to find out his vocal cords were not normally functioning. He had no recollection of memories and amnesia had became part of his life.


Until this day, he does not remember the night of the accident. "it's is like I got stuck in 2011, I remember everything up until then, but I don't remember anything from the year of 2012."


My cousin Joseph, had being drinking that night, ‘Cinco de Drinko’ as he called it. I remember the night of the accident as if it was yesterday. After spending days, weeks, and months in the hospital I’ve never had the courage to photograph and document his recovery. My aunt even asked me to photograph him, so that when he would wake up from his coma, he would look at the pictures and think, what a miracle he was. But I couldn’t. The photographer in me really wanted to, but it was extremely hard to even push the shutter.


Now, I regret not documenting those moments I spent next to his bed and wandering around the hospital halls. It took me over five years to start documenting him and what his life looks like now, I believe is because he has given me fully consent and he wants to tell others what a wrong decision could lead to.

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This is an unpublished and ongoing project  

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Only half of his body is fully active, his right arm and right leg. The other half was paralyzed after the accident but improving as time goes by.

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Only half of his body is fully active, his right arm and right leg. The other half was paralyzed after the accident but improving as time goes by.

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Joseph doing his morning routine with the help of his personal care assistant.

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Joseph doing his morning routine with the help of his personal care assistant.

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Music plays a major part in Joseph's life, before the accident he was studying Music in college. Wanting to make electronic music and someday be able to be a well-known DJ.

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Music plays a major part in Joseph's life, before the accident he was studying Music in college. Wanting to make electronic music and someday be able to be a well-known DJ.

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The key that has the skull head used to be Baby Blue's key. After the accident when the car was recovered Joseph's uncle kept it for him.

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The key that has the skull head used to be Baby Blue's key. After the accident when the car was recovered Joseph's uncle kept it for him.

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