My name is Nick Smallwood, and I am a junior studying journalism and communications at the University of Arizona. I was born in Tucson, but grew up in the small town of Safford, Arizona, where my love for the outdoors was kindled by my parents. When I was a young, I remember taking trips around the state with my family, and getting to experience the beauty of this incredibly diverse place. In essence, it was the combination of these travels and the experiences I had along the way, which sparked my love for adventure.
I find myself most passionate about the art of storytelling and the relationships it tends to form. Whether it be through photography, filmmaking, writing, or acting, I have always found joy in sharing my vision with others. While my dream job would be working as a photojournalist for National Geographic or Outside Magazine, I just want to look back and say that I was able to make difference in the lives of others by doing something I enjoyed. Life is too short to do something you hate, so why not spend it doing something you love?
Through my internship at Experience Arizona, my goal is to bring my passion for storytelling, and that childhood sense of discovery to all of those who wish to accompany me along on my journey.
Feel free to check out more of my photos on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mr.nick1/
Nick's Adventures with Experience Arizona
Journey to Bonita Creek
Located in one of only two Riparian Natural Conservation Areas in the United States, Bonita Creek is truly a desert oasis. Over spring-break, Nick Smallwood had the opportunity to visit this amazing place and capture its beauty through the lens of his camera. Here are a few of his best photos, as well as a short story about his trip.
Bell Rock Bliss
Sedona is one of those places that’s hard to describe with words alone. It’s a place where all the elements – beautiful scenery, unique shops, and a large amount of outdoor activities – come crashing together to create a travel destination that is unlike any other. A few weeks ago, Nick Smallwood spent a weekend in Sedona to experience some of the great hiking there. Join Nick as he takes you on a blissful journey up Bell Rock, one of the town’s most prominent rock features.
Finding Arizona's Lost Highways
Think you’ve discovered all there is to find in Arizona? Think again! Hidden in plain sight are Arizona’s lost highways. While these roads are no longer in use, hiking them is a surefire way to bring back the nostalgia of the good old days. In this article, Nick Smallwood travels back to the 1930’s as he shows you how to find these old roads.
Journey to Windy Point
Join intern Nick Smallwood for his photographic journey to Windy Point, a popular vista near Tucson. If you've never been there before, his beautiful images will make you wonder what you've been missing.