Julian Chokkattu

Julian Chokkattu is a journalist, photographer and aspiring documentary filmmaker. He graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014, majoring in English and Journalism & Media Studies. 

Born in the U.S., he returned in 2004 after spending most of his childhood in Sri Lanka. He developed an interest in photography during a trip to India in 2011. To develop his writing and photography skills, he joined Rutgers' independent newspaper, The Daily Targum, where he served as news editor from 2013 to 2014. 

After graduation, he wrote for TechCrunch during the summer of 2014 and then worked as a page producer for New Jersey Advance Media. Currently, he is a staff writer at Digital Trends.


The Oculus refers to a circular opening in a dome, more specifically the oculus in The Pantheon in Rome, which is a circular opening at the structure’s center. It is also known as the Devil’s Hole.

Photo by Yaling Chan