HanoiEvan raised the camera with his left hand, dragged the lens, and then hooked his ring finger to press the shutter button at the exact moment the Indonesian Taekwondo athlete hit the gold medal with the last kick.
“It was a great moment. Indonesia finally got a Taekwondo gold medal,” Evan Andraws Latief, 24, an Indonesian photojournalist, said after the final in the under 63 kg category at the Tay Ho District Gymnasium. Hanoi).
The afternoon of May 18 is the sixth working day of the guy with only one left arm at this year’s SEA Games. Evan said he had been waiting for this gold medal for a long time. Indonesian athletes continuously entered the match and returned with bronze medals. It was not until the third final between athletes Raihan Bassam and Ngo Quang Tien of Vietnam that he enjoyed the feeling of victory.
“I’m very happy. Many Vietnamese viewers also congratulated us,” Evan said.
To get to the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam, Evan Andraws Latief had to go through a long way, overcome his body defects, so capturing the moment of “bringing gold back to Indonesia” made his joy like being multiplied. pair.
Since birth, Evan has been without a right arm. Through many difficulties, the guy from Jakarta never gave up. From a young age, he worked hard to practice doing everything with his left hand, overcoming self-doubt, ignoring the curious eyes of people around. He considers himself an optimist. “Simply doing my best. I learned to adapt to my fate with all my might,” Evan shared.
Evan’s interest in photography rekindled in high school. Going to university, he spent 4 years studying photography, collaborating freely at many cultural events. “Two years ago, I decided to pursue a career as a professional photojournalist,” he said. According to Evan, the hardest thing about holding a camera in his body condition is balance. “You have to both hold the camera firmly, and be agile so you don’t miss the good moments,” he said.
Evan often has trouble using the telephoto lens with one hand, but he’s been working on it. “There are limitations in terms of angle that I’m trying to improve. I personally want to create photos that tell stories,” he said.
Arriving in Hanoi on May 11, Evan was both excited and strange because this was his first time working abroad. “But fortunately everything is smooth and fun. The most interesting thing in Vietnam is that the driver is on the left, as opposed to Indonesia. Vietnamese food is also very good. I especially like pho,” he shared. shall.
Currently, in addition to being a photojournalist for an online newspaper, Evan is also a photographer for the Indonesian National Olympic Committee.
Ngo Tran Hai An, who met Evan while working on Pencak Silat on May 16, said the most impressive thing about this reporter was his enthusiasm and professionalism.
“The camera is designed for right-handed people, so when you take a photo, you put your left hand back, but you do it well, take pictures, send photos to the newsroom like any other reporter,” An describes Evan. .
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