Rusidah Badawi lost her forearms in a tragic accident 32 years ago at the age of 12. After the amputation, the 44-year-old Indonesian woman was introduced to photography through a vocational rehabilitation centre for the handicapped. She immediately fell in love with it, and began a career working as a wedding and party photographer. Working primarily with film photography up until 2010, she switched over to digital when Canon sponsored her endeavors by gifting her with a digital Canon 550D DSLR and a Speedlite flash.
Her husband Suradi hopes that his wife’s determination will inspire other people with disabilities not to give up on their dreams:
I hope my wife’s activities are an example and give motivation to others, who have the same condition as her, to not be pessimistic. We know that she has advantages and disadvantages, she can do what normal people do even though she does not have arms like able-bodied people
Here’s a slightly longer news report on Badawi’s story: