This amazing photographer was born with no legs or hands

Sep 29, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This amazing photographer was born with no legs or hands

Sep 29, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sometimes, you come across people that just make you go “wow” and completely rethink your whole outlook life and passion. One such person is 24 year old Indonesian photographer, Achmad Zulkarnain. Born with no legs or hands, he doesn’t let it stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Achmad, who also goes by Dzoel, doesn’t see himself as disabled. He adapts his world to suit him, designed his own car, which friends helped him to build. He shoots better photographs than many of us and does his own retouching. After falling from a cliff while trying to photograph a waterfall, his first thought was for the condition of his camera. He also plays piano.

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Achmad is an incredibly inspiring guy. He makes no excuses, knows what he wants to do, and finds a way to do it. Not only does he not see himself as disabled, he thinks it’s “ridiculous” when others see him that way. And when you look at his work, it definitely doesn’t suggest that he might be at any kind of disadvantage.

He used to work in an Internet cafe, which offered a photography service. It caught his interested and he eventually bought a camera on credit. He just kept learning more and more about photography until he became known as a photographer.

To get around, Achmad actually designed his own vehicle. Which was built with the help of family and friends. “This is my legs”, he says while introducing us to his transportation.

Shooting with what appears to be a Canon 60D and 5D Mark II, Achmad’s work is very good. He says that he doesn’t use a tripod to help stabilise his camera, and he does all his own retouching.

Achmad just proves that it’s rarely our body holding us back. Simply our mindset. Thankfully, inspirational people like Achmad are there to remind us to keep pushing ourselves and our passions, and to stop making excuses.

If you want to find out more about Achmad and follow his work, check out his Instagram and Facebook page.

[via The Retouchist]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “This amazing photographer was born with no legs or hands”

  1. Solette Kruger Avatar
    Solette Kruger

    Inspirational ?

  2. shahnyboy Avatar
    shahnyboy

    What a badass.
    His will to constantly better himself is beyond inspiring.

    Just what I need this Fri. AM while dealing with an unreasonable client.

  3. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    Truly outstanding. Kudos to Achmad.

  4. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    Richard Kranzler Must-read.

  5. North Polar Avatar
    North Polar

    Damn, that’s impressive as hell.