Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett


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.

Illuminating the past

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 10, 2016, at 4:37 p.m.
Portlander Ron Romano has written a new book about the life and work of Bartlett Adams, the city’s first stone carver.
Portland writer and native Ron Romano reflects sunlight with a mirror, illuminating the work of Bartlett Adams, the city's first stone carver at the Eastern cemetery on Monday. Romano just published a book about Adams, detailing his life, art and importance in Portland's boom times of the early 19th century.

His art is all over Portland, but few people know anything about him

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 10, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
He left behind a mountain of 19th century monuments, but he is largely a mystery. No likenesses of him survive. Almost all his work is unsigned and anonymous.

Portland’s iconic graffiti wall reduced to rubble

on Aug. 09, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
Workers started tearing down the famous spray-painted graffiti art mural on the back wall of the Asylum night club on Monday.

‘Overwhelming’ response to BDN Portland post strikes up musical donations

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
“OK, I think that some rocks just got moved,” Van West said over the phone on Sunday morning, talking about the momentum she feels building.

City removes popular panhandling median strip

on Aug. 05, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
Despite Portland’s public legal battle to keep panhandlers out of the medians, which it lost in a federal appeals court last year, city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the removal of the median had nothing to do with panhandlers.

Donald Trump links terrorism to refugees during Portland rally

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 04, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump painted a frightening image of Maine’s Somali refugees in a dark speech on Thursday in Portland, saying the U.S. is admitting people from “among the most dangerous places in the world” and that “has to stop.”

This Portland musician puts instruments in the hands of new Mainers

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 2:27 p.m.
“Looking at all the bad stuff going on in the world, our country, our towns or neighborhoods,” she wrote, “how many of those things happened because people sat down and played music together? Exactly none.”
Train conductor Roger Merrow signals the engineer while hooking the locomotive to a set of passenger cars at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad in Portland on Friday for a special trip honoring longtime volunteer Will Jodrie, who died earlier in the week. The family brought Jodrie’'s ashes to the end of the line and scattered them in Portland Harbor.

One final ride for a man who kept Maine trains rolling

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 01, 2016, at 2 p.m.
He spent more than a decade volunteering at the railroad, repairing trains, building exhibits and laying the very tracks the locomotive rumbled over on his last ride.

Remembering Will Jodrie

By Troy R. Bennett on Aug. 01, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Will Jodrie’s family takes a special train at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad in Portland on Friday honoring his life. Jodrie spent more than a decade volunteering at the railroad, repairing trains, building exhibits and laying the tracks. He died last Saturday at the age of 93.

Picturing the day Rudy Vallee came home to Maine

on July 28, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
The train pulled into Portland’s Union Station at 11:45 a.m. while police held back a throng of over 2,000 people trying to get a glimpse of Maine’s brightest star, Rudy Vallee. After a moment, the 28-year-old stepped off the train and into his mother’s arms while a local band blared …

‘I like people’

By Troy R. Bennett on July 27, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
Portlander Egide Mbabazi, originally from Rwanda, uses his camera to look to the future in America.

The violence behind him, a Portland photographer looks forward through his lens

on July 25, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
He bought a camera with the first paychecks he earned in Portland after getting out of the homeless shelter and living on his own.

In Portland, South Sudanese pray for peace

on July 22, 2016, at 7:07 p.m.
By Jake Bleiberg, BDN Staff PORTLAND | 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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.
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.

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 …

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 …