Eyes on LaFollette returns

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Smile LaFollette.  No it’s not candid camera, but it is that time of year again.

Lawn mowers emerging from hibernation and blooming Dogwoods can only mean one thing, eyes are on LaFollette. More specifically the eyes of Rob Heller’s advanced photo journalism class.

This Friday and Saturday 17 University of Tennessee students will converge on the city in an attempt to capture images of the people and places that make LaFollette beautiful and unique.

Heller began bringing his classes to the area every other year beginning in 1993, but since 2003 Eyes on LaFollette has been an annual production making this year the 12th edition.

“Eyes on LaFollette is unique in that we have taken a look at this community for sixteen years and have made more than 10,000 photographs. Each year brings new sets of eyes. We hope that we do a good job of portraying what makes LaFollette tick,” Heller said of the project.

Whether it’s eating breakfast at one of the local hangouts or picking up a bag of feed at the Co-op, get ready LaFollette.  

Only time will tell which images will be chosen to represent 2009 in this invaluable pictorial history.

Eyes on LaFollette will appear in the C section of the April 16 edition of the LaFollette Press.