There are people born with severe disabilities who sometimes defy the odds in every single way. Painters who create extraordinary art using their toes, swimmers who break Olympic records without legs and blind fashion designers who create exquisite designs.
And then here’s an Indonesian photographer Achmad Zulkarnain who has no hands and no legs but is the most extraordinary and creative photographer. Zulkarnain who was born with his disability does not see himself as disabled. He is 24-years-old and lives a full and active life, surrounded by family, friends and his one constant companion – Canon camera.
Zulkarnain became interested in photography fairly at a young age and has now become one of the best photographers in Indonesia. He worked out unique ways of holding his camera and is totally resourceful using the ‘given’ body, to capture his pics.
Achmad Zulkarnain lives a totally independent lifestyle and is easily able to care for himself, to get around and to earn his way. He does not like to be thought of as ‘different’ in any way but does enjoy inspiring others with disabilities or who are different.
His company name is DZOEL, which is also the professional name that he goes under. DZOEL is totally inspirational and can be seen getting around town in his custom-designed motorized go-kart style transportation.
When people see DZOEL’s photographs he wants them to see the beauty and creativity in his pics, rather than to see him. In fact, he photographs people and has a way of bringing passion and intimacy into these photographs. He also specializes in street scenes and backdrop scenery.
Achmad Zulkarnain has recently been featured on the news channel Al Jazeera and we are very sure that his business, DZOEL, is going to be pretty busy from now on. He deserves the attention and recognition, not because of his disability, but for his talent and creativity.
Here is Achmad’s amazing lens work:
Zulkarnain proves that you don’t need hands or legs to be a great photographer – you need a good eye, passion and a creative spirit. 😉