Rena Effendi@renaeffendiphoto

Photographer @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety author of Liquid Land

www.refendi.com/

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I will be presenting my work and giving a talk on the subject of the human cost of innovation at the @worldeconomicforum annual meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China next week. Very excited! #worldeconomicforum #innovation


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Nastafa and Vasile Nemes have been married for over 50 years. In Maramures I was told that when a boy likes a girl he would first have to declare his feelings for the girl to her parents. In turn, the parents inform their daughter and if she likes him too she would go out and stand on the front porch of her house to greet him. At this point, he would have about 2 minutes to run up to her and confess his love. #romania #love #dailylife #rural #culture #traditions #transylvania @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Full moon rises over the fifteenth century Ottoman Castle on Bozcaada, a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea formerly known by its Greek name of Tenedos. In the mainland across from it is the ancient city of Troy. #castle #history #turkey #moon #sea #aegean


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Nobaira and Jawad during their "Rusmat" ceremony, a wedding ritual with a mirror given to the groom. He will see his bride's face in the reflection and will comment on her beauty, as if he's seen her for the first time on his wedding day. For this ritual bride and groom are covered with red fabric held over them by family and friends. #Dhaka #wedding #celebration #bangladesh


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Nobaira getting ready for her wedding day in an upscale beauty salon in Dhaka. Make up artist Farzana Shakil will put final touches on her bridal makeup, while assistants help arrange her wedding jewelry. Nobaira got this jewelry set from her family especially for her wedding day (gold, gems and mother of pearl necklace and earrings). She will get another set for her wedding reception from the groom's family. #dhaka #bangladesh #wedding #bengali #jewelry #makeup #beauty #culture I shot this story #onassignment for @voguemagazine


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Nargiz (bride) and Rajib (groom) in the courtyard of the bride's home during their wedding reception in a village near Gazipur, Bangladesh. Contrary to the city weddings, in most rural weddings the bride and groom are rarely seated together. In this case they came together to pose for a photograph. The bride normally spends most of her time indoors, in the bedroom of her new home, while the groom occasionally mingles with guests. A tent is erected nearby where food is served for the guests attending the wedding. #wedding #celebration #rural #bangladesh #family


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Nazrina, a 19-year-old bride waits at her village home for the official part of her wedding ceremony to commence in Manehor, Bangladesh. Shot #onassignment for @voguemagazine #wedding #village #rural #traditional #family #bangladesh #bengali


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Captured #withGalaxy S9+ produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode f1.5 ISO 400 // Every morning at sunrise and if the weather permits, groups of tourists fly over Goreme town of Cappadocia in Turkey. Hundreds of hot air balloons sprinkle the sky gliding over the town's 'fairy chimney' rock formations, churches and historic cave dwellings. On this day, a wedding couple was catching the early morning light and balloon launches with their photographer. The hot air balloon journey in the sky takes about an hour flying over an incredible natural landscape of the Goreme National Park, which is a UNESCO World heritage site.


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Shauncina Lovejoy in the corn field near the Sun Dance grounds on Spirit Lake Native American reservation in North Dakota. I first met Shauncina when she was 12 years old and she was very shy and quiet due to a trauma of loosing her mother at a very young age. I am happy to see her blossoming into a beautiful and joyful young lady today. #girl #beautiful #nativeamerican #strong #spirit


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When I made this photograph of Dason he was ten years old and his mother Ivy told me that they haven’t cut his hair since his birth. I am back on Spirit Lake Native American reservation in North Dakota and looking forward to seeing everyone again. #family #nativeamerican #reservation #dailylife


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About five years ago I met Frank and Mary Lovejoy for the first time in Spirit Lake Native American reservation in North Dakota. They adopted me for the time that I was there and I met the rest of their large family. In spite of the many problems they had, they opened their doors to me and I will never forget their hospitality. Mary is no longer with us, she passed away about three years ago. Frank is still here and I am now back in Spirit Lake with the help of the grant from the @alexiafoundation to continue working on my project about the effects of recurrent generational trauma that plagues lives on many American reservations. I am eternally grateful to the brave people of Spirit Lake who opened their doors and let me into their homes and shared their stories with me. Thank you! #love #family #bravery #life


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#worldrefugeeday2018 // Syrian refugee mother from Homs with her son in a tent in Idomeni, a small Greek town on the border with Republic of Macedonia. When I went there in March 2016 thousands of people were stuck in horrendous conditions of a make-shift camp by the border where disease spread due to poor sanitation and food supply was inadequate. They were hoping to cross into Europe, but the borders were sealed. #syria #conflict #remember #refugees @natgeo @thephotosociety


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