If you looked at Indonesian photographer Achmad Zulkarnain’s work before looking at him, you would never guess that he has to use his mouth to turn a camera on.
Indonesian professional photographer Achmad Zulkarnain—who was born without hands and legs—hasn't let his differences slow him down. In fact, the 24-year-old, who was recently profiled in a short film by Al Jazeera English, finds it ridiculous when people see him as disabled.
His interest in photography grew when he worked at an internet cafe with photography services. He purchased his first camera on credit and what was at first a hobby has blossomed into a career.
Zulkarnain lacks fingers, but practices his own unique form of dexterity by using his face, mouth, and the extra skin on his arms to operate his professional camera.
Once he captures his shots, which range from models wearing traditional clothing to stunning nature scenes, he fires them onto his laptop and proceeds to retouch them.Also read : Fascinating Photos from Around the World
He’s even set up his own company, DZOEL, to help him manage the influx of business he’s receiving in his local area.
To move from place to place, Zulkarnain uses a special vehicle he designed and built with the help of friends. This gives him the independence to carry out photoshoots wherever he'd like.Also read : The real sign of a genius artist....
And for him, this is fundamental in allowing him to shoot creative work like any professional photographer.
“I don’t want people to see my pictures and think of who I am – I just want them to see my creativity,” Zulkarnain told Al Jazeera. Not only is he an inspiration to differently-abled people everywhere, he proves that any struggle can be overcome with enough determination.