Photographer's Note

Smoking shisha is a common practice and a culture throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It’s one of the most social ways to spend time with friends at any hour of the day. In this tea house men huddled around small tables playing board games, drinking mint tea and exhaling tobacco. This swarthy bulky man gingerly placed the end of the water-pipe in his mouth and rapidly started inhaling. Bubbles formed at the bottom of the water-pipe making a noise similar to an overheating pot spewing water from its top. Several seconds later he exhaled, puffing smoke out of his mouth.

I was enthralled as I sneaked a peek at this smoker who seemed to be in a relaxed and hazy state and unknown to him, I was busy firing several exposures. I like the incomparable spirit of this old tea house, feel of the exotic atmosphere, full of fascinating colour and nothing could compare to the experience in the middle of the charming ancient Tunis Medina. This is great place to come in and wander with a camera.

It’s the moments like this that I don’t forget over time...

Additional picture:
WS: Row of "oboists" blowing the right tune !!!

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