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.
The high-speed ferry known as The Cat, which arrived late Sunday night or early this morning, sits at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland on Monday. The vessel is expected to start making daily runs to and from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on June 15.

The Cat ferry arrives in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on June 06, 2016, at 12:16 p.m.
The vessel replaces the Nova Star, a ferry that operated the Portland-to-Nova Scotia run for two seasons, ending last year after losing a subsidy from the Province of Nova Scotia.

5@50: Fingerpicking good and dangling from on high

on June 03, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Here’s another five photos made on foot, with just a 50mm lens, with no crazy cropping and no Photoshop trickery. I call it 5@50. It’s a series I started in 2014 as a challenge to myself. See more from this series HERE.

Meet the after-hours photographer who documents a different side of Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on June 02, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
“It isn’t just tourists and restaurants and bars.”

Maine to Moab in seven minutes

on May 27, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
(Attention! This post is nothing more than a sweet, sweet video and photo dump. You have been warned.) I spent a week in Moab, Utah, riding motorcycles, at the end of April. I’ve already made one video about my experience and posted it on this blog. Here’s a totally self-indulgent …

Former Deering basketball standout’s kidneys failing, looking to get back to school

By Troy R. Bennett on May 26, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
Thiwat Thiwat, a 2013 Deering High School graduate and basketball standout, rests in Portland hospital bed on Thursday after an intense round of kidney dialysis.

TV news shooter spends off-hours searching Maine woods for abandoned cars

on May 20, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
South Portlander David Hill, like me, is a news shooter. He’s a camera man at Portland television station WGME, CBS 13. When he’s not running and gunning after the biggest story of the day, Hill likes to traipse through the woods, and troll through Maine’s back roads, looking for old …

No women, wigs or lipstick: All-male Portland cast takes on Shakespeare

on May 18, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is not a comedy. It’s the story of a monarch who decides to divide his kingdom between his daughters. Two are awful and one is sweet. Loyalties are questioned, deceit is employed by the bucketful, betrayals abound, eyes get gouged out and the innocent are hanged. It’s a …

‘Tattoos are really, really short lived as far as artwork goes’

By Troy R. Bennett on May 17, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
Portland tattoo artist Chris Dingwell points out that tattoos are short lived when compared to other forms of art like painting and sculpture.

Portland tattoo artist: ‘Everything I make is going to die’

on May 17, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Note: The video and photos depict Dingwell working on a tattoo of a nude mermaid.  Making the decision to get a tattoo is a permanent choice. There’s no going back. Once the needle hits your skin, delivering its unerasable, subdermal ink, you’re marked for life. You’ll be taking the indelible …
Glen Brand, director of Sierra Club Maine, speaks to the media before boarding a chartered bus in Portland on Monday bound for Orono where National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and U.S. Sen. Angus King will listen to people on both sides of the debate over a proposed national monument east of Baxter State Park. The bus carried about 40 people who supported the creation of the monument.

Portland area residents want their voices heard in national monument debate

By Troy R. Bennett on May 16, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
About 40 people in favor of a national monument in the Katahdin region packed into a bus in Portland to come speak their mind at an Orono hearing.

Portland-area residents board bus bound for national monument debate

By Troy R. Bennett on May 16, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
About 40 Portland area residents boarded a bus chartered by Sierra Club Maine on Marginal Way Monday afternoon bound for the national monument hearing in Orono. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, accompanied by U.S. Sen. Angus King, will listen to people on both sides of what has become …

Portland urban gardeners take to the roof

By Troy R. Bennett on May 14, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
Luara Mailander and Nyaruot Nguany of Cultivating Community help resident Jimmy Makowieckiplant peas in his rooftop garden plot at 409 Cumberland Ave. in Portland. Building residents can each get 5 square feet of gardening space.

I went to the desert in search of sun and sand. What I found instead was mud and adventure

on May 12, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
I started planning the April trip before Christmas. It was epic. I drove four days straight, more than 2,500 miles from my home in Portland, Maine, to Moab, Utah, a mecca for desert motorsports adventure. Dragging my Russian sidecar bike behind my truck, I made it all the way out west, over the …

Sam Dexter: ‘He’s the best’

By Troy R. Bennett on May 10, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
Head coach Ed Flaherty thinks Sam Dexter is the best baseball player he’s ever had at the University of Southern Maine.

Democrats approve measure on superdelegates

By Troy R. Bennett on May 07, 2016, at 7:44 p.m.
Around 3,000 people at the Maine Democratic Convention listened to speakers advocate for the presidential candidates on Saturday in Portland.

Housing repair program helps seniors age in place

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2016, at 10:09 p.m.
Home improvements done by Bath Housing Development Corp. allow Lorena Thombs, 72, who broke her hip last year, stay in her home.

Time to rate your favorite designs for a new Portland flag

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
The judges have chosen the 10 best. Now it’s your turn to weigh in.
Offiical counter Anna Stunkel looks for raptors atop Bradbury Mountain in Pownal on Monday as part of the annual  Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch, organized by the Freeport Wild Bird Supply store. Stunkel is spending nearly every day, between April 15 and May 15, counting the feathered critters as they migrate north.

This woman is spending two months at the top of a mountain in Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on April 22, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Bradbury Mountain in Pownal gives up a great view with very little climbing. It’s also a great place to count migrating hawks and other raptors, since it’s right in the middle of their route.

Maine bowling alley closing after 77 years in business

By Troy R. Bennett on April 21, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
Colonial Bowling Center in Westbrook, which has been open since the 1930s, is closing its doors in May.

This woman is spending two months at the top of a mountain in Maine

By Troy R. Bennett on April 20, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Official counter Anna Stunkel is spending nearly every day between March 15 and May 15 counting feathered critters atop Bradbury Mountain in Pownal as part of the annual Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch.