SIDRA DURST | Citizen Couture

SIDRA DURST | Citizen Couture

Sometimes I am surprised by my boldness to ask people on the streets for photos even when they don’t know me. It’s usually difficult for me to approach strangers, especially when I came from a fairly secluded and quiet family. Working as a tax accountant didn’t help strengthen social skills either because most of our interactions were done via e-mail and instant messaging. However, over the last few months, I have been getting more comfortable, particularly when I see a fabulously dressed person on the street. Interestingly enough, my first street muse was the fashion icon, Daphne Guinness. Without knowing who she was at that time, my heartbeat immediately raced as she strolled down the street in haute couture. I was able to hear and feel each throb as the palm of my hands started sweating while I gripped tightly on my camera. I started having this strange discussion inside my head about whether or not I should stop her, knowing that every second may lead to a lost opportunity. Out of impulse, I simply ran towards her and asked for a few photos, which she happily obliged! What I didn’t realize was that after I had taken the photos, I experienced an immense feeling of euphoria and accomplishment. Surely, I didn’t find a cure for a disease, but it was good feeling because I knew this was something I enjoyed and I was getting more comfortable about it. But even when I’ve become more accustomed to approaching people, I still get a smile on my face, and an even bigger smile if the photo comes out amazing.

Sidra Durst

  • juley

    I think it’s absolutely inspiring that you kind of came out of your box (i.e. accounting cubicle) and are doing what you are obviously very talented and passionate about. I’m also in the finance/accounting background..itching to find a niche where I can be creative and have the same kind of euphoria.

    Bravo to you for being fierce and taking the fashion photography world by storm. It’s only time before you start rubbing elbows with Garance Dore & The Sartorialist!


  • Fashion CHALET

    That’s cool, especially the shorts! :)


  • Theo

    I’ve been taking street fashion pictures for a couple of years now, but approaching people hasn’t gotten much easier. Today, for example, I approached two people. The first said yes. The second politely declined to be photographed. “Rejections” are always tough to swallow. But it feels great when you find a willing subject!

  • Sunna

    You are an inspiration!

  • fashion roadkill

    i love this look. The acid wash short is very unexpected paired with such a bold floral print.

  • Krizia

    Those gorgeous curls in her hair and her painted toenails are what really put this look together for me :) Nice work!

  • Renee

    what a great picture! her outfit is perfect in that totally laid back way.

    rejection is definitely a tough thing but keep plugging away-your pics are great!

  • Rb

    What do you say when you want to ask someone if you can take their picture?








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