Interview with Troy Holden
I’m a photographer that takes snapshots in the mid-Market area of downtown San Francisco.
In 2011, I became interested in candid photography and picked up a compact camera. It’s a very simple model, with no aperture or exposure controls to adjust. My only concern is what to point the camera at and when to release the shutter.
These types of photographs can happen anywhere at any time: on public transit, in a car, at the beach, on city streets, or in the suburbs.
I carry a camera (or two) with me everywhere and take photographs as often as I see them.
Most of my free time is spent walking through the downtown neighborhoods of San Francisco. In particular, there’s a 5 or 6 block stretch of Market Street that is very interesting.
During the week I shoot before and after work with the occasional lunchtime break. On the weekends I shoot 2-3 dedicated hours each day.
Cheap shots. Hopefully keepers. Everyday life mixed with bursts of gut reaction.
I don’t go out looking for a certain type of photo. Subconsciously I’m drawn towards interesting looking passersby on the street. And people behaving strangely. Or any other oddity that catches my eye.
There’s a lot of failure in my negatives. I consistently snap ho-hum or outright lousy images.
But every once in awhile things come together to validate all the walking and looking and produce a decent photograph.