Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett

Photographer

Troy Bennett takes photos and video for the BDN in Portland and beyond. Before joining the BDN in February 2012, Troy worked for the Times Record of Brunswick.
 
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In Portland, South Sudanese pray for peace

on July 22, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
On July 7, the same day the shooting in his home country re-started, Kwanny Malwal received good news. A cousin in Australia had spoken to someone in South Sudan who said that Malwal’s mother was still alive. It was the first he’d heard of her in nearly …

Writer, philosopher and farmer Walt Mather

By Troy R. Bennett on July 22, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
Writer, philosopher and farmer Walt Mather of Wells talks about his life.
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5@50: Portland faces in paint, bronze, flesh and feathers

on July 21, 2016, at 4:28 p.m.
Here’s another five photos made on foot in Portland, with just a 50mm lens, with no crazy cropping and no Photoshop trickery. I call it 5@50. Today, I focused on faces. Everybody’s got one, even under my feet. It’s a series I started in 2014 as a challenge to myself. See more …
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Three pictures I saw in Portland today while waiting for the phone to ring

on July 20, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
I spent the morning staring at my phone, hoping it would ring, and listening for the ding of my email inbox. Neither happened before lunch. All the while, the beautiful day was slipping away. I slipped the phone into my pocket and let a breezy sunshine draw me out into the …
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A Portland actress appears in this national transgender rights TV ad airing during the GOP convention

on July 19, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
The ad will run on the night Donald Trump is set to speak.
VIDEO
Flow artist Alexis Powers spins a flaming hoop in Portland’s Post Office Park as part of the July First Friday get-together hosted by Luminous Fire and Flow. “"I'm trying to create these visual and fully-immersive images with the music, costume, makeup, lighting, choreography,”" Powers said.

Watch how this Maine artist paints air with light and fire

By Troy R. Bennett on July 15, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
She creates visions in flame and light that appear for fractions of a second.
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An afternoon at the skate park

on July 11, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
I had some time to kill this afternoon. Two stories I made calls on this morning had dead-ended by noon. I was still waiting to hear back on the third one. So, I headed over to the Portland Skate Park with my cameras in tow. It’s a can’t-miss location on …
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Follow these stealth motorcycle campers into the Maine woods

on July 11, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
These two guys from the Bangor area just posted a Youtube video of their overnight motorcycle stealth camping adventure somewhere in Maine. Judging by the bridge they cross over the Piscataquis River, they started out on the Lagrange Rail Trail. After that? Who knows? They end up taking a path unknown to …
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Here’s what happens to the bottles in your Clynk bag

on July 11, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
Clynk’s green plastic bags are a familiar sight at Hannaford grocery stores in Maine. Customers fill them with returnable beverage containers and drop them off. Within 48 hours, the folks at the Clynk recycling plant in South Portland sort, count, squish and bale them. Then, customers get the deposit money transferred …

Scooting with the mayor

By Troy R. Bennett on July 07, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
Portland’s mayor knows how to beat summer traffic headaches. He parks his car and rides his scooter instead.
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Portland’s mayor has his own solution to ‘brutal’ downtown parking

on July 07, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling knows how to beat Portland’s clogged summer peninsula traffic. He parks his car and hops onto his scooter.
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July 4th fireworks ignited Portland’s Great Fire in 1866

on July 05, 2016, at 2:48 a.m.
It was a holiday and I had the day off. But when Herb Adams called and invited me to a ceremony he had planned, marking the 150th anniversary of Portland’s Great Fire, I couldn’t resist. This is what I found out. The Great Fire started on Commercial Street, possibly with …

It’s a cooperative effort

By Troy R. Bennett on July 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three of four partners at Overlook, a new cooperative film production space on Brackett Street in Portland, work together late Wednesday night to get their studio and screening room ready for an open house on Friday.
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Portland is losing its most famous mural wall. Where should the next one be?

on June 30, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
Can you think of any other spots in town that could use a mural?
Three of four partners at Overlook, a new cooperative film production space on Brackett Street in Portland, work together late Wednesday night to get their studio and screening room ready for an open house on Friday. From left are, Jay Brown, Jeffrey Griecci and Alex Coppola.

Portland film producers create ‘Overlook,’ a new filmmaking venture

By Troy R. Bennett on June 30, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
“With the high costs of Portland — and it’s on the rise still — it’s definitely nice to share the financial burden with three other people.”
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Portland street art landmark soon to be history

on June 27, 2016, at 2:51 p.m.
The famous graffiti wall at Asylum, a club on the corner of Free and Center Streets in Portland, has seen a lot of spray paint, and sported a lot of tags and pictures, since it first got done up in the late 1990s. For a while, it had famous characters …
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How long does it take to cook hot dogs on a motorcycle engine?

on June 23, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
We set out to answer a question that’s messed with the heads of many a philosopher over the centuries.
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Red Sox top prospect never heard of Maine, doesn’t plan to stay in Portland for long

on June 21, 2016, at 11 p.m.
“There’s not too much he’s really planning on doing besides playing baseball. This is just another step towards getting to the big leagues, which is his goal.”

Moncada 1-for-5 in debut

By Troy R. Bennett on June 21, 2016, at 10:55 p.m.
Yoan Moncada made his Double-A debut for Portland and went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored. Moncada also made two diving stops defensively and a lunging grab on a liner that he turned into a double play.

Funtown’s Astrosphere turns 41

By Troy R. Bennett on June 19, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.
The iconic Funtown ride Astrosphere turns 41 this year.