Street Photographer Niklas Lindskog is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these photographs. From the series ‘Istanbul çay’. To see Niklas’ body of work, click on any image.
I am a tea lover; tea is my vice. On a normal day, I drink at least one pot, maybe even two.
In Istanbul, people drink tea in a different way than I do at home. But on my first trip there I learned the way. The small cup of strong ceylon tea with sugar. The small benches or chairs, you can find them everywhere and it doesn’t cost much.
Sitting down for a tea quite often breaks up the day and rests my legs and back. The tea breaks make my Istanbul Street photography walks much more enjoyable.
Watching tea culture is so interesting. All the little places to sit down of course. From two plastic chairs at a wall to amazingly beautiful establishments where you can really feel history in its walls. But also, the small army of walkaround tea sellers with their trays, swiftly walking around the market alleys dishing out the small glasses and collecting the empty.
All images and text © Niklas Lindskog
By Niklas Lindskog
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What wonderful photos. Really captures the feel of Istanbul and the smell of the sweet tea beverage. Had 12 hours there about 40 years ago. As a 18 year old I visited a club….. was dressed as as nobleman and had a belly dancer writhe around me as music and clapping filled the air. I really wished I had tried the sweet tea…. in the bazaar or Persian rug shop I visited. Thanks for jogging my memories!