What America Looks Like: Westwood, New Jersey

By Conor Friedersdorf

The United States as seen by its residents

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In Westwood, New Jersey, a baseball diamond.

"As much as Westwood bored me half to death when I was growing up there in the 80s, I find it oddly reassuring to see that things like this still go on," photographer Ryan Vaarsi writes. "No screaming coaches, no hysterical parents, just three kids hitting a few balls on a muggy Saturday afternoon."

He adds: "Between April and October all Saturday afternoons in New Jersey are muggy, it's a rule we have here. The conspicuous lack of the gadgetry also caught my attention. As famously attached as kids are to their phones, these guys seemed content to just swing for the fences and stay out of touch for a while."

See more of his work here.

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine. Yokena, Mississippi. Smyrna, Georgia. Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken, New Jersey. Los Angeles, California. Kittery, Maine. Hamden, Connecticut.

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