1. Is life in the island just as tough as depicted in the Disney movie “Johnny Tsunami”?
This is an awkward question. Mainly because I now have to admit that I don’t think I’ve actually seen “Johnny Tsunami”— after we’ve had multiple exchanges where it was referenced but I didn’t say anything. So, there you have it. But I will say that life on an island is pretty amazing, and if it weren’t for the travel bug I inherited from my dad taking me on trips all over the world, I might still be on a beach in Hawaii at this very moment. Thanks, dad. No, but really.
2. How does it feel to be dating David Blaine? Is he always levitating and biting quarters?
I’m dating David Blaine?! How’d that happen? Maybe it’s just an illusion, Michael…
3. What makes you keep picking up a camera each and every day?
Having a great camera as part of my phone really helps. The best camera is the one you have with you, right? Now what makes me use it (and my DSLR)? When I see something extra in the ordinary. If something or someone can make me do a double take, that means there might be something there worth capturing in a photograph to be remembered and shared. It’s almost like an ongoing game or challenge to find something unique and interesting no matter where I am or what I’m doing. The lights above my desk at work proved to be quite photogenic.
4. If you could do it all over again would you prefer to be short?
Absolutely not. Growing up I used to want to be shorter…but just a tad, and that was short-lived. I honestly can’t think of much in my life that I would change if I could do it all over again. I have a general rule of thumb: don’t spend time and energy focusing on things you can’t change. It’s futile and a waste. That time and energy can go towards something meaningful and productive. This answer is too deep for this question, isn’t it? What was the question again?
5. Name your top 10 favorite bands without mentioning your love for Justin Bieber and Creed?
Hold on. Let me check the soundtrack of “Johnny Tsunami.” Too soon?
6. What is your least favorite thing to shoot? What is your least favorite thing that other people shoot?
My least favorite thing to shoot would probably have to be overly posed snapshots of people. I really like capturing subtle, meaningful interactions and moments, not the really boring, posed snapshots. I don’t like when people overuse tilt shift (thanks a lot, Instagram and other mobile apps for making it so easy!), selective color, and pretty much ever using digital zoom (the pixelation!).
7. If you could fight any historical figure who would it be?
Bruce Lee. So that the end would come quickly. Aside from which, how badass would that be?
8. What is the state fish of Hawaii?
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. And yes, I can say it and even saw one in the wild my last trip home!
9. What is the one place you must visit before you die?
It’s hard for me to pick just one! I want to go to so many places. I used to think I was well-traveled, but there’s still so much to see and experience. I might have to say Machu Picchu here, but the Great Wall in China and the pyramids in Egypt are right behind. Seriously, do I have to pick just one? I can also say this, when I was thinking about this question in the morbid sense of if I knew I was about to die and had one last trip, I realized I would go back to Brazil. That’s got to say something.
10. What would you like to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for having an impact and being a positive presence in the lives around me. I want to be remembered in such a way that my influence outlives me, and I continue to inspire people long after I’m gone.
(“In The Shade” by Noe Todorovich)
(“I’ll Show You Mine, If You Show Me Yours” by Noe Todorovich)
(“The Black Keys” by Noe Todorovich)
(“Untitled” by Noe Todorovich)
(“Metro Mad Dash” by Noe Todorovich)
(“One Man’s Trash” by Noe Todorovich)
(“Time Square Taxi” by Noe Todorovich)
(“Walking on a Dream” by Noe Todorovich)
(“Double the Sunshine” by Noe Todorovich)