I recently was watching a television show and something has lodged in my brain. They claim that as something approaches a black hole, it swirls in thru the accretion disk and speeds up to at times close to light speed before entering. They also claimed that it leaves an impression or image of its self on the black hole such as an observer would see me virtually frozen on its surface or at least for a very long time. If that is so, I am wondering why a black hole would be black or invisible at all? It would seem to me to be very bright. I am assuming photons would do the same thing otherwise how could an observer see me?