The Photographer Who Captures Life’s Beauty Without Hands or Legs

Achmad Zulkarnain is a professional photographer in Indonesia who has been gaining international recognition for creating his images without hands or legs. This 3-minute video by Great Big Story is the latest look at Zulkarnain’s life and work.

Zulkarnain, whom we first featured last year, has become increasingly popular on Instagram, where he now boasts over 43,000 followers.

After being born without hands and legs, Zulkarnain became passionate about photography through shooting ID card portraits for fellow villagers. Creating a custom go-kart has allowed Zulkarnain to become mobile with his services as his photography business has grown.

ikhlas ku menjalani hidup… thnks to fg @iyant_30

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thnks to @iyant_30

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Here are some portraits captured by Zulkarnain, who goes by “bangdzoel” online:

 

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CINTA, bukankah cinta itu indah.. bukankah cinta itu istimewah. aku setuju jika CINTA mempunyai arti sendiri yaitu "CERITA INDAH NAMUN TIADA AKHIR" karena begitu banyak sekenario nan sambung menyambung hingga menjadi kisah hidup, dimana dalam kisah itu ada kedamaian, pertikaian, cemburu dan rasa rindu. CINTA bukan hanya berbicara tentang bagaimana cara kita menerima sesuatu, tp berbicara tentang bagaimana cara kita memberi sesuatu. banyak yg salah diantara kita mengartikan cinta, cinta tidak lagi membahas perbedaan, tidak lagi membahas kekurangan fisik, tidak lagi mempertanyakan apakah kamu bisa melihat, apakah kamu tuli, apakah kamu bisu, apakah kamu punya kaki dan tangan… Tapi cinta akan membahas serta mempertanyakan apakah kamu punya HATI untuk mencintai serta mengHALALkanku CINTA ITU (AKU & KAMU) happy satnight All somoga terinspirasi menurut temen – temen CINTA itu apa? komen & like yach..

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One of the main things that has drawn people to Zulkarnain is his positivity — despite the challenges he has been forced to overcome, Zulkarnain remains upbeat and extremely thankful for his life as a photographer.

A little nubbin found on his right limb is what allows Zulkarnain to press the shutter button on his DSLR.

“I use the camera with the extra flesh on my little limb that God has given me,” Zulkarnain says. “I want to help people who have the passion to learn photography

“I am proud of the disability I have. Yes, I am disabled, but I’m not defective. Instead, I’m someone different.”

(via Great Big Story via ISO 1200)