Activist - Noa Terada-Pagdilao

What’s your hometown?
I am from Waianae, HI, which is on the West Side of O’ahu. Honestly though, I feel like I really grew up in Makaha which just a 10 minute drive from my house. It’s where my homebreak is and basically where I spent my childhood.

What’s your understanding of noRep?
noRep is an awesome company that not only focuses on making good quality products, but also keeps activism in mind. They are a company that truly cares for its customers and also for the community that surrounds them.

How long have you been doing photography?
Growing up on the beach I always saw moments that I wished I could capture in my head, but I never had a camera. I didn’t really start to actually take pictures until I bought a waterproof point-and-shoot camera for a high school art project. Then I worked up to DSLRs and experimented with photography, and I’ve been shooting for about 5 years now.

What does Activism mean to you?
To me activism is much related with passion. If you are passionate about a cause, a movement, or a policy, then you are going to get involved. Activism isn’t just about marching with picket signs, it’s all about having a voice and taking a stand in the things you believe in.

If you could photograph anything, what would it be?
That’s a hard question. I think one of the things that I love the most about photography is when you set your camera settings and then look through your view finder, you have a basic idea of what you think the picture might look like. However, sometimes your idea is totally off and that moment you just caught on camera looks completely different from what you saw in person. Basically what I am trying to say is that being able to photograph anything is always fun because you never know how the final product is going to look.

What pays the bills?
I’m at the University of Hawaii at Manoa right now trying to figure out what it is that will eventually be paying my bills. Hopefully, it will be a job that I can live off of and also have fun with. But in the meantime I do freelance photography and I also work part time at a food court on campus that sells the best pesto pasta you will ever have.
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