Rena Effendi@renaeffendiphoto

Photographer @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety author of Liquid Land

Groom poses for a picture on his wedding day at the House of Happiness, an institution where people register and celebrate marriages in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. #wedding #dailylife #kyrgyzstan #celebration @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


A photographer in front of a makeshift studio backdrop in a public park in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. #photography #women #dailylife #centralasia #kyrgyzstan @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


Future sisters in law posing for a picture at their family’s engagement party in the “House of Happiness” a place to register and celebrate marriages in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. #culture #marriage #wedding #kyrgyzstan


A young woman in a shooting arcade in a public park in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. #archive #women #places #dailylife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


Relatives pose for a picture against a studio backdrop of a starry night in the ‘Palace of Happiness’, one of the many wedding halls where marriages get registered and celebrated in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. #wedding #family #archive #centralasia #kyrgyzstan #dailylife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


Known for its pastoral beauty and agricultural traditions, this medieval landscape in Maramures, Romania has been largely spared from the agricultural collectivization of the Ceausescu's era. Hay is cut and raked by hand before the snow fall in the winter, a good haystack should be dry on the inside and can last for up to five years. #village #environment #landscape #romania #agriculture #nature @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


Vasile Cehi, age nine, rests while the men of his family load hay onto a horse cart. Each cow requires about three full carts of hay for winter food. The red bow on his whip is a lucky charm for the horses. Red found on bridles, harnesses, even a puppy’s collar is thought to keep away evil spirits in Maramures, Romania. #hay #agriculture #romania #tradition #rural @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


I followed in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi traveling across the state of Gujarat along the iconic Salt March, which paved the way for India's independence movement. While traveling by trains, Gandhi came face to face with India's social divide. I photographed commuters on the Pratap Nagar narrow gauge inter-city train terminating in Jambusar. The latter stages of this tiny village train’s journey pass along the Salt Marsh route in Gujarat, which Gandhi and his followers once walked. #gandhi #india #independence #movement #saltmarch #resistance #nonviolent @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


I photographed Yegana in Khinaliq village in 2006 for the first time. She was preparing to become a mother. When I came back to the village in 2018 I saw that Yegana's daughter has grown up, while Yegana seemed to be frozen in time and unaffected by the passing years. I photographed Yegana with her daughter again and I wondered what was the secret of her everlasting youth and beauty. #woman #mother #youth #beauty #dailylife #happymothersday


Men drinking palinca (distilled plum brandy) shots at the traditional wedding celebration in a village courtyard. Men wedding party was separated from the women in Calinesti village of Maramures, Romania. #wedding #party #village #tradition #culture @natgeo @natgeocreative


Magdi, a tattoo artist outside the Mar Girgis Church in Coptic Cairo. Copts continue the ancient tradition of tattooing dating back to the time of pharaohs. A very common tattoo design is a small cross on the back of a wrist. The tattooed crosses mark members of the Coptic community, both children and adults. Other people choose a more expanded version of a Christian tattoo: images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary or Saint George are some of the popular designs. #tatoo #bodyart #faith #culture #jesus @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


I photographed this woman making bread in Khinaliq village in 2006. I was so entranced by the moment and the beauty of her in that light that I forgot to ask her name. I came back to Khinaliq twelve years later this year and I found her - Sadaget, this time she was a little shy to be photographed, she smiled and said she was feeling old, but to me she had that extraordinary grace which cannot lessen with age. #beauty #woman #special #grace #khinaliq #azerbaijan @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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