Rena Effendi@renaeffendiphoto

Photographer @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety author of Liquid Land

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.


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


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


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


#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


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