People in Istanbul - The Turkish tea seller and the Uzbek lady

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Part of the mini-series: People in Istanbul – sub-series Visitors.

When I watched these two a little, it was obvious ‘something’ was going on here. They seemed to be totally absorbed in each other and certainly didn’t notice me and my camera – even though I took several shots. But my friend and I were thirsty and a cup of Turkish tea looked good to us, so we asked the lady if we could join her on the bench. That was allowed, the tea seller sold us tea – and the lady continued to flirt with him: that was the only thing I could call it, with her continuously smiling and even batting her eyelids at him. He seemed to be in awe of her. Finally, he left (did he just have more tea to sell or did they arrange a meeting for later?) and we chatted with the lady.

She turned out to be Uzbek (she was of course pleased to hear we’d been in her country several times), spoke quite a bit of English, and was actually quite charming – in spite of having a mustache and being very heavily made up.

I took several close-up portraits of each of them (with permission), but this is my best shot of them while they were still totally unaware of my presence.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
 

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