Rena Effendi@renaeffendiphoto

Photographer @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety author of Liquid Land

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


Gulnara - my beautiful host in Khinaliq village, a UNESCO heritage site and Azerbaijan’s highest populated point at an altitude of 2350 meters above the sea level. #beauty #woman #azerbaijan @thephotosociety @natgeocreative


A rickshaw driver waits for his turn to bathe in a village pond. #bangladesh #rickshaw #bath #village


Children are dressed up in colorful outfits to mark the special occasion of a wedding in their home town near Gazipour, Bangladesh. The girl is sporting her mother’s high heel shoes 👠 @voguemagazine #fashion #culture #dailylife #weddings #village #bangladesh #bengali #culture


The groom, Bilal, nervously waits for his bride as he shares a plate of palau and roast chicken with his family and his soon-to-be sisters-in-law. While Sonia Akter applies makeup on Bilal’s bride Ratna the morning of her wedding. Sonia owns the only beauty parlor in Manehor with her sister, where they serve women only. I photographed wedding traditions in rural Bangladesh for @voguemagazine text by @zararahim #wedding #bengali #bangladesh #village #dailylife #culture #traditional


Very honored and grateful to be selected as this year's Alexia Foundation professional grant winner with my work from Spirit Lake, North Dakota. My project examines the effects of trauma perpetuated by the recurrent sexual abuse on Spirit Lake reservation and the role of traditional healing practices in overcoming pain. Thank you @alexiafoundation and the brave people of Spirit Lake for your trust! Also thanks to judges @maryannegolon @adrianateresaletorney @zunleephoto and @mikedavis_syr for selecting my work, link in profile. #reservation #nativeamerican #trauma #culture #tradition #bravery


Nazrina at home after her Kabin-name - a ceremony that seals the marriage in front of family witnesses and in the presence of a mullah. I photographed Bengali wedding traditions and rituals for @voguemagazine I visited opulent city weddings and modest rural ones. Thank you @zararahim and @farahjebeen for welcoming me in Dhaka and adopting me. Please check out the story on link in profile #wedding #bangladesh #bengali #beauty #culture


I caught a glimpse of this bride who took her wedding pictures on top of historic bazaar domes in Fatih district of Istanbul. This week I have been exploring the many faces of this incredible city with Deutsche Welle Germany's International Broadcasting Service. Please check out my work on @dw_stories to see more. #istanbul #turkey #cities #dailylife #streetphotography #people #onassignment


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