Among the many people retiring or leaving NIU after this semester is the great Larry Bolles, the director director of the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct.
Bolles has been a Huskie for 34 years and I’ve had the pleasure to talk to him on many occasions while on assignment. He’s typically wearing a big smile and usually has a story to tell.
Northern Star writer Chelsey Boutan wrote a nice piece on Bolles that covers one of the best college stories I’ve ever heard of—the Invisible Keg—as a sidebar. Worth a read for that much alone.
As far as the photo went I had a short time to piece this all together and his office wasn’t quite big enough to drag the soft box and such into. I also felt very cliche with the legs on the desk photo, but knowing the personality of Bolles, I thought it fit him best.
As I look at things again now I really like his facial expression in the bottom photo.
No complaints with what ran with the story, but always nice to have two portraits I like this much.
© 2012 Jerry Burnes/Northern Star