This Photographer Was Born Without Hands And Legs, And His Pictures Speak For Themselves

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. The 24-year-old shutterbug was born without hands and legs, but with a resourceful and passionate spirit.

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. He’s even set up his own company, DZOEL, to help him manage the influx of business he’s receiving in his local area.

“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.

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This is Achmad Zulkarnain, a professional photographer from Indonesia with a unique set of challenges

The 24-year-old shutterbug was born without hands and legs, but that didn’t stop him from following his passion

He lacks fingers, but manages to operate a camera using his face, mouth, and extra skin on his arms


He even uses a laptop to edit and retouch all of his photos once a day’s work is done

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He drives around in a custom-made go-cart that his family helped him build

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“I don’t want people to see my pictures and think of who I am – I just want them to see my creativity”

See Achmad in action below, and remember that any obstacle can be overcome with enough determination

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This Photoshoot Of Emilia Clarke And Kit Harington Kissing Is Going Viral, And We All Know What That Means

The things are hotting up between Jon Snow and Daenerys Stormborn (of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, blah blah blah) and this racy photoshoot between the two from way back in 2012 is going viral once again.

The pictures were taken for Rolling Stone magazine, and as you can see, there was definitely something between Kit Harington And Emilia Clarke even then. “This moment was unforgettable,” said photographer Peggy Sirota of the picture of the two of them locking lips. “It was a small crew on that day, just a few of us out in the field. The chemistry between these four was huge, as you can see… I asked them to kiss, I suppose love was in the air, & I was just lucky enough to be there.” Will things get even more intimate between the Mother of Dragons and the ex-commander of the Night’s Watch? Maybe we’ll find out in the season finale this Sunday!

This Guy Used A McDonald’s Box And iPhone To Take These Portraits, And The Results Will Surprise You

Philippe Echaroux is a famous French celebrity photographer who took this challenge in order to show people that you don’t always need the high-end gear to create something cool.

He, however, had the luck to use high-end gear but sometimes the good thing to do is try something far from your comfort zone and see what would happen.

Philippe claims that the hardest part during this project was not to feel stupid in front of all the people he shot with his funny lighting set up. With this video, his main goal was not to show his skills but to push people to try to do what they have in mind with no excuse for waiting.

Oh, and before someone screams “Photoshop,” yes, he used VSCO, Photoshop FIX, and Lightroom Mobile apps to enhance the final result but everything was done on his phone. Without the proper lighting, however, it would be nearly impossible to reach the result that he got.

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Philippe used a flashlight, a drinking straw and a Big Mac box to make this lighting rig

Here’s how it looked completely assembled

He then began to photograph people

Below you can see the portraits that Philippe made using this handmade “gear”

Watch the video below to see the whole process

This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten ‘Kodak Moments’

Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone’s camera roll. While the idea is that I’ll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I…

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Incredible 30-Day Journey Of A Cargo Ship In A Timelapse Shows What Most Of Us Will Never See In Our Lifetimes

Ever dreamed about a life at sea? Many of us have dreamed of leaving it all behind, heading off to live the romantic life of exploration and adventure that only sailing the vast, open oceans can bring.

Alas, for most people the life of a sailor remains just that, a dream. Luckily for us dreamers we have people like Jeffrey Tsang, a Canadian maritime vlogger, sailor and photographer on a container ship that travels across the globe.

He describes his latest video as “30 Days of Timelapse, about 80,000 photos combined. Sailing in the open ocean is a unique feeling and experience, and I hope to capture it for everyone to see.”

The Timelapse takes us on a journey from the Red Sea, across the Indian Ocean to Hong Kong, via the ports of Colombo and Singapore. The views are simply stunning. “Chasing the endless horizon, witnessing the ever changing weather, and appreciating the bright stars and galaxies.” Is how Jeffrey describes his life on the high seas. There are glimpses of the Milky Way and Jupiter in the endlessly vast night skies, stunning sunrises and ferocious lightning storms, as well as shots of the mega tetris game played out at port, as the huge ship is unloaded and reloaded for the next leg of the journey. The incredible scenes are all captured by Jeffrey’s Nikon D750 camera and use a massive 1.5 terabytes of data, we think you will agree that the result is very much more than worth it.

Watch the mesmerizing video on full screen for an immersive experience, and live out your dreams as the sailor you never were.

H/t: Colossal  | PetaPixel

This Woman Was Nervous About Her Photoshoot With Fiancé, But The Result Won The Internet

So often today on social media we are bombarded by images of plastic people, airbrushed and filtered to such an extent that all genuine emotion and feeling, the human connections that shine through the picture and into our hearts, is lost.

Step forward Stephanie and Arryn, a young couple from Texas. They are not models, but friends with photographer Bria Terry, of Wolf & Rose Photography. Stephanie decided to respond to an everyday call for models to take part in a boudoir photoshoot, and as you can see, the results are stunning.

The photoshoot was uploaded onto Wolf & Rose Photography’s Facebook page, which is pretty much normal protocol, but this time the photos went hugely viral. What is it about these particular photos that have caused such a stir? We will leave it for you to decide. But the obvious love, chemistry, confidence and beauty of the images are there for all to see, generating an unexpectedly wonderful response from an infamously mean internet comments section. “This makes my heart so happy and gives me hope as a plus size woman that not all men care about what size you are” is just one example of the body positive message that this photoshoot, breaking the mold of societal expectations, has inspired.

Stephanie has embraced the opportunity to give her message of body positivity to the millions who struggle with unrealistic expectations pushed by both social and mainstream media, leading to self-esteem issues. “I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirror, wondering why my stomach wasn’t the way it was ‘supposed’ to be,” she told HuffPost. “Over the years, I’ve come to accept that I am always going to be considered plus-size. I push myself out of my comfort zone by wearing clothes that I love but aren’t in society’s mold of what is acceptable for bigger women, like crop tops, tight shirts, shorter dresses and shorts. I walk around with my head high, smiling, and show no shame in myself.” The photoshoot gave her a great opportunity to really express herself, and she loves the result. “I honestly have never felt more attractive,” was her reaction to first seeing the album. “I was shocked. I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening.”

We at Bored Panda say cheers to Stephanie and Arryn, who plan to wed in early 2019, and to Bria for capturing the connection, emotion and chemistry between them. Bria told Healthline that the couple had made her job seem easy. “The connection they share is truly inspiring, even to me. It has always been my hope as a photographer to show people the beauty that they hold, and I feel like I’ve done this here. I am a firm believer in love. Size, race, religion, and sexuality are all things that are at times used to divide us, but at the end of the day, we all just want to be loved. I think that’s why these photos have become so popular. Above all else, you can see the love that these two share.

You can scroll down to check out the gorgeous pics below. True love really does know no boundaries!

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“I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirror, wondering why my stomach wasn’t the way it was ‘supposed’ to be”

“Over the years, I’ve come to accept that I am always going to be considered plus-size”

“I walk around with my head high, smiling, and show no shame in myself”

“I honestly have never felt more attractive,” was her reaction to first seeing the album

“I was shocked. I look so in love and confident”

“Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening”

The photographer believes that “The connection they share is truly inspiring, even to me”

“It has always been my hope as a photographer to show people the beauty that they hold, and I feel like I’ve done this here”

“I am a firm believer in love. Size, race, religion, and sexuality are all things that are at times used to divide us, but at the end of the day, we all just want to be loved”

The photoshoot resonated with people across the internet

20+ Shocking Photos Of Drunk Japanese By Lee Chapman Show That They Can Sleep Anywhere

Japan might have one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and also the highest life expectancy, but as you can see from these shocking pictures of drunken excess, that doesn’t mean that the Japanese don’t know how to have a good time!

The pictures were taken by Lee Chapman, a British photographer from Manchester and founder of the Tokyo Times who arrived in Tokyo in 1998 for “a year or two” and, well, never left. His revealing images shine a light on an element of life in Japan that few people think about when they think of the country. We’re used to colorful cosplayers and neon wonderlands, but these snaps of drunk people passed out in the streets in broad daylight or snoozing in potted plants introduce us to a different world entirely. Scroll down for some of our favorite photographs, and don’t forget to vote for the best.

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National Geographic reveal incredible intimate wildlife pictures in the hunt for Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

THESE are some of the stunning shots which have captured the natural world in its breathtaking glory this year.

The remarkable pictures are all in the running for the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year award.

TERUO ARAYA/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Teruo Araya’s ‘Tadami Line’ captures the JR East line that connects Fukushima and Niigata in Japan[/caption]

Alain Boudreau/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Alain Boudreau’s ‘Mackenzie Mountains’ showing rich colours fading into Canadian range[/caption]

JoÎl Fischer/2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A lioness stretches in Masai Mara, Kenya, in Etirement by Joel Fischer[/caption]

anat gutman National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year/

‘A Mother Bear and a Cub’ by Anat Gutman shows a bear with her three-month offspring in Russia[/caption]

angad achappa/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A coorg yellow bush frog photographed in the rainforests of Agumbe, Karnataka by Angad Achappa[/caption]

A stunning collection of images captured across the globe has already been submitted ahead of the awards ceremony in December.

The shots capture creatures from the tiny skeleton shrimp to bears and lions in their natural habitat.

Breathtaking locations across all five continents are also featured with landscapes in Japan, Romania and Canada among those featured.

Some of the photos have even been captured from the skies and under water as a range of new technologies are used to see the natural world as few have seen it before.

The awards will be judged across four categories – Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials.

Organisers say entries have already been ‘rolling in’ but there is still time for photographers to showcase their talents.

Csaba DarÛczi/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Csaba Daroczi’s ‘Birds and Shadows’ shows geese assembling near a lake in Hungary[/caption]

Calin Stan/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘Infinite Road To Transylvania’ by Calin Stan shows the Cheia road in Romania from above[/caption]

Adam Silverman/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Adam Silverman’s ‘Alien’ is a close-up snap of a skeleton shrimp in Indonesia[/caption]

Cameron McFarlane/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘Lust’ by Cameron McFarlane was taken in the water of southern Australia and shows a giant cuttlefish aggregation[/caption]

Lance McMillan/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Lance McMillan’s ‘Macaque Maintenance’ shows a macaque being groomed at the Jigokudani snow monkey park in Japan[/caption]

Jerry am Ende/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A Great Blue Heron preens itself in Delaware, US, in Jerry Am Ende’s ‘Rorschach Test’[/caption]

Felix Inden/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘Enchanted’ by Felix Inden captures a tidal pool at Lofoten islands in Norway[/caption]

Patrick Witty, National Geographic’s deputy director of digital photography said he has been ‘astounded’ by the quality of entries.

He said: “I’m thrilled for entries to the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest to start rolling in.

“The strength and diversity of the submitted photos are always astounding, and this contest gives those incredible entries a platform that is seen by millions ­– including National Geographic’s photo editors.

“The Nature Photographer of the Year contest is a rewarding experience for all involved, from the photographers who enter, to audiences who get to appreciate the incredible talent.

“Since National Geographic photographers find ways to go the extra mile in making a jaw-dropping photo, we’ve chosen four categories that will encourage photographers to amaze us with a compelling diversity of images.”

Todd Kennedy/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘Cable Beach Camel Caravan’ by Todd Kennedy shows camels walking along the Australian shoreline[/caption]

Magali CHESNEL/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘The Walk of Pink Flamingos’ by Magali Chesnel stunningly shows the animals from above in Southern France[/caption]

Cole Frechou National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

‘Mother Natures Camo’ by Cole Frechou captures an aligator waiting in Duckweed in New Orleans, LA[/caption]

The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the four category winners and will be announced in December 2017.

For details and official contest rules, please visit natgeo.com/photocontest


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