Meet Lindsay MacKenzie

Hello! This is Lindsay Mackenzie /@lindsay_mackenzie, a freelance photo and radio journalist from Canada, now based in Spain. For my @smithsonianmagazine takeover this week, however, I'll take you a bit further afield. I'm drawn to places that are a little off the map – places that aren't perfect or tragic, aren't full of tourists or journalists. Let's call them the places in-between. This week, I'll be sharing some dispatches from a few of these places: Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, the M'zab Valley in Algeria, and the Kurdish Region of Iraq. I'd love to hear your feedback, questions or comments here on the feed. For more you can follow my personal IG at @lindsay_mackenzie or visit my website: lindsaymackenzie.com. Thanks for following along!

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This is Lindsay. She’s a Canadian-born photographer and multimedia journalist who has dug in roots now in Catalonia, Spain, but whose travel storytelling through word and image has left her footprints in many other places.

For the first week of July, Lindsay took over the Smithsonian Magazine’s Instagram feed to post some of her photos from places she’s traveled, people she’s met, and stories she’s learned. But I’ll leave the narrative and introduction to the master:

I’m drawn to places that are a little off the map – places that aren’t perfect or tragic, aren’t full of tourists or journalists. Let’s call them the places in-between. This week, I’ll be sharing some dispatches from a few of these places: Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, the M’zab Valley in Algeria, and the Kurdish Region of Iraq. I’d love to hear your feedback, questions or comments here on the feed. For more you can follow my personal IG at @lindsay_mackenzie or visit my website: lindsaymackenzie.com. Thanks for following along!

Lindsay and I traveled to Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, for several weeks in 2013, and the Smithsonian Instagram now includes highlights from that trip. Check out her great work!

Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, West Africa — A Bioko Pennent's Red Colobus sits in a tree in the Gran Caldera and Southern Highlands Scientific Reserve on the island of Bioko. Locals call it the 'brave monkey' because when threatened, instead of running away, it confronts predators with loud alarm calls (*if you turn on your sound and press play, you can hear a sample I recorded of those alarm calls attached to this image*). Unfortunately, this behavior has backfired because it makes the Red Colobus an easy target for bushmeat hunters. Today the Bioko Pennent's Red Colobus is one of the world's most endangered primates. Because of its relative inaccessibility, this Reserve is a last refuge for these and other unique primates from Bioko. But today the reserve faces a new threat – we'll find out what that is next, so stay tuned… This is Lindsay Mackenzie / @lindsay_mackenzie taking over the Smithsonian feed this week with dispatches from the places in-between. For more see www.lindsaymackenzie.com #grancaldera #bioko #equatorialguinea #westafrica #environment #primate #monkey #redcolobus #colobuscalls #picmusic

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2 responses to “Meet Lindsay MacKenzie

  1. Jennifer Baker

    You know truly interesting people!

    Jenn

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  2. This is so true. Lindsay’s fantastic – you should definitely follow her work!

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