Oto, 18, studies at a private sports boarding school in a small Slovak town called Zvolen. He’s the oldest of five siblings and spends time with his family on weekends. He’s creative, enjoys baking, is good with kids, and his friends say he’s crazy. But most of all, he’s passionate about sports. These days, he’s mainly focused on Thai Boxing, but in the past, he played parkour, hockey, handball, and basketball. He bragged a little that he’d always score the most goals, although he’s a very down-to-earth guy, humble and likes to help people.
During our first face-to-face get-together at a coffee shop, Oto came across as friendly and open-minded, but at the same time, he seemed very weary and skeptical. This is a bit contrary to his usual extroverted and fun-loving personality, but I think we both just needed to get over the initial awkwardness. I did my best to make a good impression and gain his trust, and luckily he decided to go for the photoshoot. Once he came to my place, he seemed to feel safe and gradually became much more comfortable.