rena effendi@renaeffendiphoto

Photographer @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety author of Liquid Land based in Istanbul

http://www.refendi.com/

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Wondering through the streets of Tel-Amarna - this was once the ancient city of Akhetaten founded by the 18th dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten, Egypt’s first revolutionary who had the audacity to start a new monotheistic religion worshipping the horizon of the sun. Akhenaten moved over 30,000 people in the previously unoccupied desert land to start his new cult of the sun. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #egypt #ancientegypt #history #religion #heritage #people #followers #sun

Minya, Egypt
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Akhetaten city was hastily constructed in mud-brick within an approximately 5-year period and covered an area of about 8 miles on the east bank of the Nile River. On the west bank, land was set aside to provide crops for the city's population. Most farming to this day occurs on the West Bank. This is the Nile agricultural road leading from Minya to Amarna. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #nile #egypt #agriculture #history #heritage


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Ancient city of the 18th dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten was hastily constructed in mud-brick. Within a few years this previously unoccupied desert became home to his royal court and an estimated 30,000 people followed him into the inhospitable terrain. The modern day rural town of Tel-Amarna lies in the immediate vicinity to Akhenaten’s ancient city. Most of Tel-Amarna’s population is presently engaged in agriculture. #egypt #amarna #ancientegypt #history #legacy #people #pharaoh @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Minya, Egypt
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View over City of the Dead, a historic neighborhood and a sprawling cemetery of Cairo where a community of tomb keepers looks after the Mameluke era tombs. #cairo #egypt #onmymind #lanscape #heritage #history #culture @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety

Cairo, Egypt
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Modern day residents of Tel- Amarna city. Over 3,500 years ago the 18th dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten moved about 30,000 people here into the desert to start a new religion of worshipping Aten, the horizon of the sun. #egypt #antiquity #history #legacy #religion #ancientegypt @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Minya, Egypt
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Statue of a robot stands at the entrance of a Soviet machinery plant in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan. Sumgayit city was once a cradle of Soviet industry, today with many factories shut down in disrepair, the city’s economy is languishing. #azerbaijan #sumgait #economy #environment #robot #industrial #soviet #legacy @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Sumqayıt / Sumgait
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Ship graveyard on Nargin island in Baku, Azerbaijan. This uninhabited island served as prisoner of war camp in World War II as well as a small naval station during the Soviet era. Human bone remains are still scattered around the island, which is also swarming with snakes. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #baku #azerbaijan #boats #ships #cemetery #sea #island #ruins #soviet #lanscape #ww2

Baku, Azerbaijan
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Man sits in a bath of petroleum in a spa near Bibi-Heybat village of Baku. Oil is believed to have analgesic qualities and a few spas in Azerbaijan are offering treatment of petroleum baths against arthritis and other ailments. Patients spend up to 10 minutes in the petrol bath and then get washed off with warm water, regular bath sessions continue throughout the day and treatments can last for several weeks. #oil #petroleum #bath #baku #azerbaijan #health #treatment @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Baku, Azerbaijan
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To continue the theme of the impossible human - butterfly diptych, this Papilo machaon L. butterfly and the gas mask in a puddle of oil seeping through the earth in Balakhani village share the same habitat of Baku, on the Absheron peninsula. From the Liquid Land book series. #azerbaijan #butterfly #environment #baku #oil #pollution @natgeo @natgeocreative @ilexphoto @thephotosociety

Baku, Azerbaijan
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In spring and summer my father went on butterfly hunts. He disappeared for a month or two and came back energized, carrying cans with cocoons, matchboxes with caterpillars, and rolls of negatives documenting his findings. I once read his field journal with detailed descriptions of days and nights hunting the female species of the Brahmaea moth. He described how he spent his fifty-second birthday alone in the forest at night, sitting in the darkness for hours, lighting lamps to lure the moths, but the Brahmaea never came. Here: 1. My father hunting by the lake 2. Brahmea moth and 3. A scene of devastating pollution in Baku, from the Liquid Land book series. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #azerbaijan #butterfly #nature #environment #pollution #science #father #liquidland

Baku, Azerbaijan
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I co-authored my book “Liquid Land” with my father, Soviet entomologist Rustam Effendi who studied and collected over 35,000 butterflies in the Caucasus and Pamir mountains. Next to his photographs of iridescent butterflies are mine of landscapes and people living in the fragile environment of Baku and around the Absheron peninsula. #baku #absheron #nature #butterfly #azerbaijan #environment #science #entomology @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Baku, Azerbaijan
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My father Rustam Effendi was a lepidopterist in Soviet Union, he spent 40 years of his life studying, collecting and assembling into boxes moths and butterflies from the Pamir and the Caucasus mountains. In his lifetime, he gathered over 35,000 samples, some of which are still part of the collection at the Azerbaijan State Institute of Zoology. When I went there this week I was happy to see that part of the collection was still preserved and in good shape, as it’s been almost 27 years since he passed away. In the basement of the Institute I also saw a stuffed giraffe and a shark, still standing. My father often complained that the money spent on them should have been allotted to fund his expeditions collecting the butterfly species that were endemic to the country, rather than importing the taxidermy of an African giraffe and a tiger shark. #azerbaijan #butterfly #animals #science #legacy @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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Relatives gather around the groom to congratulate him with his wedding in Khinaliq village, Azerbaijan. The party begins with the groom, he remains in the center of festivities during the first few hours of the wedding. Guests gather and dance around him, while the bride is being prepared at home, waiting for her moment to appear later. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #azerbaijan #mountains #khinalig #village #wedding #party #music #culture


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Musicians play at the Khinaliq village wedding. Most weddings happen during summer here as the high mountainous village is more difficult to access due to harsh weather in all other seasons. Wedding festivities last for several days and take over the entire village. Khinaliq village, Azerbaijan. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #azerbaijan #mountains #village #culture #wedding


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Portraits of a village elder and brother and sister in Khinaliq, Azerbaijan's highest inhabited point, civilization dates back four millennia here. This is a village of about 1000 shepherds and their families. I was struck by the crystal clear blue eyes many village residents had. The boy suffered from a particularly awkward haircut that day. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #mountains #village #culture #heritage #blueeyes #portraitphotography #azerbaijan #xinaliq #khinalig


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Anuța Vişovan tends the fire at a distillery in Breb village owned by her neighbor for making palinca, the plum, apple, or pear brandy whose name means simply “distilled spirit.” A fiercely delicious dram of it is given to every visitor. “When the first thing you do is have some palinca, you know it’s going to be a good day.” - villagers say. In memory of my good days in Maramures, Romania. #village #life #drinks #people #culture #goodtimes #romania #palinca @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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During an assignment in the Balkans I came across this appalling scene of human waste thrown in the streams of Erenik River in Kosovo. #stoppollution #waste #pollution #environment #nature #action #rivers #kosovo #balkans @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @unwomen

Kosovo (region)
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Men are served mutton kebabs on skewers at a wedding in Khinaliq village, Azerbaijan’s highest populated point and UNESCO cultural heritage site located at 2350 meters above the sea level. #azerbaijan #villagelife #village #culture #history #wedding #mountains #party #food #caucasus @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Azerbaijan
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Daughters of a village postman at home in Khinaliq village, UNESCO heritage site and Azerbaijan’s highest populated point at an altitude of 2350 meters above the sea level. @natgeocreative #azerbaijan #village #life #culture #heritage #history #portrait


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When I first came to Khinaliq, one of Azerbaijan's highest inhabited villages, a shepherd and the town’s elder I met took me to the village cemetery. He said pointing down the hill: “If you dig a hole right through, you will see seven layers of burial ground”. Archeological evidence suggests that Khinaliq was inhabited four millennia ago and dates back to pre-Zoroastrian times. Because of its remoteness, this village of nearly 1,000 shepherd families built into the side of a mountain, still managed to preserve its ancient way of life. The people speak Khinaluq, a unique and endangered dialect attributed to the northeastern group of the Caucasus languages. The source of income is mainly sheep breeding. While men graze their flocks in mountain pastures, the women weave traditional carpet designs from wool. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #village #villagelife #azerbaijan #basicnecessities #lifestyle #history #photography


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Short-lived summer end rain in Tarlabasi, a multicultural neighborhood home to Istanbul's diverse communities of Anatolian migrants, Roma, transgender and now Syrian refugees. #istanbul #raining #streetlife #streetphotography #summer #turkey #neighborhood @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Beyoglu,Tarlabasi
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A portrait of @ghaith_abdulahad in an old mirror #istanbul #lunch #portrait


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Ala Tarasova fled Abkhazia in 1991 after her husband and son had been killed in the war. Ever since then she has been living alone in a refugee camp in Tskhvari Chamia. Georgia. #georgia #war #refugeestories #forgottenwar @natgeocreative


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Nine years ago in August I photographed 11-year-old Anastasia in Mtskheta at the refugee shelter for the families escaping the Russian bombing of Gori during the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008. She is now twenty years old, most likely blossomed into a beautiful young woman. #war #georgia #russia #conflict #refugees @natgeocreative @tbilisi_photo_festival


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Gorgeous and brilliant Arundhati Roy photographed in Delhi for @voguemagazine Looking forward to read her new book: "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" #theministryofutmosthappiness #arundhatiroy #delhi #india #literature #newbook @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


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I am giving a talk at Somerset House @photolondonfair on Saturday, May 20 at 14:45 with Carolyn Drake @drakeycake moderated by William A. Ewing, please come, link in profile #london #culture #photography #photolondon


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