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Indonesian photographer thrives despite not having arms, legs

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, October 8, 2017 | 08:25 am
Indonesian photographer thrives despite not having arms, legs

The 24-year-old, who is affectionately known as Dzoel to his friends, developed an interest in photography when working in a 'warnet' (internet cafe) that also provided photography services. (www.instagram.com/bangdzoel_//File)

The common phrase “where there's a will, there's a way” certainly applies to photographer Achmad Zulkarnain, who takes pictures despite not having any arms or legs.

The 24-year-old, who is affectionately known as Dzoel to his friends, developed an interest in photography when working in a warnet (internet cafe) that also provided photography services, as reported by Al Jazeera.

When Dzoel finally decided to buy a camera, he had to pay in installments to be able to afford it. Determined, Dzoel continued to pursue his passion until he became a professional photographer.

But Dzoel is no ordinary photographer. He was born without arms or legs.

"I have my own way of doing things," Dzoel told Al Jazeera in a video interview.

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He uses his mouth to turn the camera on and off. In the video, Dzoel is seen carrying around a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which is popular among professional photographers. With the camera weighing-in at 810 grams, Dzoel admits to finding the tool heavy.

"I don't have fingers, so I have to push the camera against my face," he said, as he explains how he carries the camera when taking photographs.

Dzoel is also able to maintain a highly mobile life with a vehicle he designed himself, which his friends and family helped to build. In addition to working as a photographer, Dzoel also teaches photography.

Originally from Banyuwangi in East Java, Dzoel is currently also pursuing a law degree.

"You don't have to be perfect to be the best at what you do," Dzoel said. (liz/kes)

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