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You don’t have to live in Paris, London or New York for your hometown to deserve postcard quality photographs. Every state and city boasts unique sites, people and culture worth capturing. The Oklahoma Centennial Photographic Survey, formed by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission to create a photographic record of the state, is publishing Celebrate Oklahoma!, a coffee table book celebrating the state’s heritage, commerce and daily life with photos by resident and Official Photographer of the Oklahoma Centennial Mike Klemme, out July 1st ($60, direct).

This weekend, go out and shoot your hometown, and visually celebrate whatever makes it unique. Walk around the busiest part and look at it through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time. Meander the least traveled roads and paths and photographically discover what’s hidden. Capture whatever it is that makes it a place you stay. If you don’t know where to begin, try starting at town squares, rail stations, historical buildings, old storefronts and public parks. We challenge you to look at the streets you walk and the people you see every day and find something fresh and new to photograph.

—Marnie Soman
Editorial Intern