The New York Times' Lens Blog asked teenagers across the U.S. to submit photos of their hometowns for a project simply called 'My Hometown.' Thousands of teens responded to the call, with submissions coming from 45 states. The resulting collection is a yearbook of sorts, documenting the friends, family and places closest to a small sampling of the country's young people. A selection of 145 Editor's Choice photos have been published, and the whole collection is available online - searchable by student or state.

 Photo by Sydnei Olsen, 18. Sioux Falls, SD.
 Photo by Denney Turner, 18. Franklin, VA.
 Photo by Mariah Dennis, 14. Hampden, ME. 
 Photo by Thomas Dougherty, Woleboro, NH.

Browsing through the photos shows an interesting mix of rural and urban, new and old industry, suburban sprawl, the pursuit of summertime fun and snow-covered landscapes. In short, it's a snapshot of the US through thousands of sets of curious eyes, and well worth checking out at Lens Blog.