SIDRA DURST

Sidra Durst

Sidra Durst

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
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