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.

This Maine ‘curmudgeon’ shot LL Bean’s first color catalog, then saw China —17 times

on Dec. 15, 2016, at 6 a.m.
I never met photographer Mason Philip Smith. I wish I had, but it’s too late now.
Portland musician Jenny Van West finds unneeded, but playable, keyboards and guitars and puts them in the hands of Portland’s newest Mainers. Van West just won a $5,000 to help her cause.

A Portland woman gets a little help in her mission to give instruments to new Mainers

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 13, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
Van West is the founder and sole proprietor of the Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project.

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 12, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.

7 years after rising rents pushed it out of Portland, a photography collective is returning

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
“I didn’t have a problem going out to Westbrook,” said longtime member and West End resident Tonee Harbert. “I know a lot of people did. It was just too far or too inconvenient.”

This new play tackles Portland’s failed panhandling ordinance

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.

Portland tried to ban panhandling in medians. Now, there’s a play about it.

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
“The entire play is constructed one-hundred percent from the words of the people involved,” said Margit Ahlin, producing director.

These Portland ‘Franglish’ speakers got together for a chat

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 05, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.

These musicians wish you a very bari Christmas

on Dec. 03, 2016, at 5:55 p.m.
Christmas music in Portland sank to a new low on Saturday. But judging by the tapping toes and toothy grins, people couldn’t be happier about it.

It’s a very bari Christmas this year

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 03, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.

Portland landlord sentenced to 90 days in jail in connection with deadly fire

By Troy R. Bennett on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.

These old and new Mainers are finding common ground in each other’s language

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
“I think the point of tonight is just to get people together and help people get to know each other by learning and sharing with each other, the languages that we speak.”

Portland’s pigeon whispering poet has a rap for all the haters

on Nov. 28, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
If everyone was treated equal / ’n respected for their way, / there’d be no color lines! / We’d overthrow RAC-ism / and the Triple K!

A Maine cartoon character is marching in the Macy’s parade for the 20th year in a row

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
After a quick high-five, the plush varmint got back to work, training for an appearance in the three-mile, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Watch Portland’s tree go up in Monument Square

on Nov. 17, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
It’s not officially a holiday tree. Just a tree.

Portland’s ‘tree’ arrives in Monument Square

By Troy R. Bennett on Nov. 17, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.

5@50: Kitty cats, doggies in windows, Leonard Cohen and leaves

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Today, in the overcast light, I noticed the last leaves of the season and met two furry folks. A book shop was remembering Leonard Cohen and I found another post-election heart.

Here’s the story behind the paper hearts appearing around Portland

on Nov. 15, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
The organizer wanted to do something tangible to comfort and reassure anyone who felt marginalized by Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

This is how Portland looks in the November light

on Nov. 14, 2016, at 5:01 p.m.

This is how Portland looked in the November light today

on Nov. 14, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.

University of Maine hockey comes to Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on Nov. 14, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.