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

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

I met Gulnara in 2006 for the first time in Khinaliq village, the highest populated point in Azerbaijan. I was struck by her beauty. This year I visited the village again and stayed at Gulnara's home. It's been twelve years since I last photographed her and in spite of harsh conditions, severe climate and a life of basic necessities, she continues to shine. Here are the photographs of Gulnara twelve year apart - a gorgeous woman, a generous and kind host. #beauty #woman #mountains #azerbaijan #khinaliq #village @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

The Soviet legacy of oil in Baku: 1. A family enjoys a day on the Shikhov beach in Baku, dismantled Soviet era oil rigs loom in the background. 2. Medicinal petroleum baths are believed to cure arthritis and other ailments in Naftalan oil spa. My story "Caspian Mystique" in the April-May issue of the National Geographic Traveler magazine. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #oil #soviet #baku #azerbaijan #beach #caspian #sea

Workers harvest salt in Dharasana, Gujarat. Activists trained in nonviolent resistance marched here and were beaten during the Salt March led by Gandhi, a seminal event that advanced India’s drive for independence. #india #gujarat #saltmarch #gandhi #resistance #campaign #independence @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety

Five years ago this month, I traveled across Gujarat state in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi's iconic Salt March from Ahmedabad to Dandi, photographing the modern-day landscape and people in my attempts to trace history. In this Gujarati village of Ras on the eve of the Salt March, Gandhi’s stout supporter and India's first home minister Sarder Patel was arrested by the British forces to prevent him from addressing a gathering. In the following weeks hundreds of the Salt March activists were detained by the British as they embarked on their non-violent resistance campaign against the imposed salt tax. #nonviolent #resistance #campaign #gandhi #saltmarch #india #gujarat #history @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeo

Clad in traditional dress, cousins Anuța and Magdalena are on their way to a wedding in Sat Șugatăg, Maramureș, Romania. Many young people have moved out of rural areas of Transylvania to find work in Western Europe, but in spite of these changes, some young people stayed and continue to observe and respect the culture and tradition of the region. #girls #culture #dress #shoes #beauty #women #tradition #wedding #romania #rural @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

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