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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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.
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This ride terrified me when I was a kid. On Sunday, I rode it again

on June 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
I have a vivid memory of riding the Astrosphere at Funtown in Saco when I was a little kid. The crazy space music, the dome, the mixer ride, the lights, and especially the creepy projected face, combined to scare the bejesus out of me. My big brother took me on …
Hagi Hagi, a refugee from Somalia, waves a flag after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in a ceremony at City Hall in  Portland on Friday. A group of 22 refugees become new Americans in advance of World Refugee Day on Monday.

22 refugees from around the world become American citizens in Portland ceremony

By Troy R. Bennett on June 17, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Refugees from nine countries took the oath of allegiance and became Maine’s newest Americans in a ceremony at City Hall.

Mt. Washington by motorcycle

By Troy R. Bennett on June 17, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.
On Thursday, the Mt. Washington Auto Road was only open to motorcycles. BDN Portland photographer Troy R. Bennett and his buddy, Johnny Sideburns, rode all the way to the top.
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Mt. Washington’s auto road by motorcycle and the surprising Portland connection

on June 17, 2016, at 12:56 a.m.
It sounds strange, but without Portland Harbor, there’d be no Mt. Washington Auto Road. I learned this tidbit while riding up the famously steep byway on Thursday with my buddy Johnny Sideburns, a local comedian and fellow sidecar enthusiast. The 7.6 mile-long road sets aside a day or two every …

Ben Chipman speaks in Portland about Maine Senate primary win

By Troy R. Bennett on June 14, 2016, at 11:41 p.m.
Ben Chipman speaks after winning the Democratic primary for Senate District 27 in Portland on Tuesday night.
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My small protest to the killings in Orlando

on June 12, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
I was on the fence when I woke up this morning. I wasn’t sure I wanted to venture downtown to the 43rd annual Old Port Festival. Sure, the bus was running for free and the weather was warm, but the OPF can be a bit much. It has a reputation …
Osprey (immature), April 29, 2015, oil pastel on paper by Rev. Paul Plante.

Dying priest hopes his paintings will make connections, even after he’s gone

By Troy R. Bennett on June 10, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Facing the inevitable, Rev. Paul Plante hopes that he will continue communicating with people, through his art.

Priest and painter

By Troy R. Bennett on June 10, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Priest and painter Rev. Paul Plante is dying from cancer but he hopes the artwork he leaves behind will connect with people he’ll never meet.
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This man needs an Ozzy pin for his collection

on June 10, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
I was out for a stroll around the city in the sunshine this morning and met Scott Tounge. He was a quiet-spoken man and mostly let his tattoos and amazing, pin-bedazzled hat do the talking. This is the kind of guy that makes me rejoice in living here: friendly, slightly …

Riverton Trolley Park

By Troy R. Bennett on June 07, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
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Take a walk through Portland’s historic Riverton Trolley Park

on June 07, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
For 20 cents, Portland’s turn-of-the-20th-century day-trippers could climb aboard a Portland Railroad Company trolley car and spend the day at Riverton Trolley Park. According to Maine Memory Network, those folks could dine, dance, play croquet, watch a vaudeville act or even see a hot-air balloon and parachute show by Monsieur Roberto, billed …