Indonesia’s Unlikely Shutterbug, Part II | Al Jazeera Close Up

“I learned that discrimination wasn’t going to weaken me, it was going to make me stronger.”

’Dzoel decided not to let anything stand in the way of his dreams. In 2017, Al Jazeera met Achmad Zulkarnain, an extraordinary young man who was determined to become a professional photographer.

Now, Al Jazeera returns to meet Dzoel once more and learn more about the obstacles he had to overcome, including depression that could have led to him taking his own life.Born with no legs and only stumps for arms, Zulkarnain, whose nickname is Dzoel, refused to let physical limitations stop him from pursuing his goal.

Since the 2017 Al Jazeera documentary about his life and work, he has cultivated a burgeoning Instagram following and studied with renowned photographer Darwis Triadi.

Today, in addition to teaching photography and managing his studio, Dzoel is studying criminal law and wants to start a legal firm that will help people with disabilities.