My name is Mario Jerome Oczko. In English “Oczko” means small eyes. And even if I’m not an educated photographer but an autodidact, photography is more than just a hobby for me. I was born in Cologne and had lived for many years in Spain and Brazil. At the beginning of my stay abroad I had difficulties with the language. Therefore, I learnt to use my eyes intensively for communication. Now I live in Cologne again but have never stopped to use my eyes in this way because not everything can be put into words.
In 2014 my grandpa handed me a last gift before his death: a reflex camera. Since then I aim to capture the moments as they are with this camera and not to change them such as with Photoshop. During the last years I took my camera and have traveled a lot through Asia and South America where I met many people and their life stories. Some beautiful and unforgettable impressions during my journeys are held on this page. As you can see I love to take pictures of people – especially children and old people – because they are influenced by life and inspire myself.
The world looks different through the lens of a camera. For the future, I wish to support social projects with my photography and hope to enable people to see the world differently through my pictures.