Legendary ska masters The Toasters at the Hoods Car Club Riot.

How ska legends The Toasters came to Maine and turned me into a believer

June, 24 2018

I've known about ska music for decades but I didn't start believing in it until yesterday. That's when I saw legendary ska masters The Toasters -- twice. Around noontime, I rode my motorcycle (a Kawasaki KLR650 if you're interested) down to Acton, from Portland. I wanted to photograph the cool hot rods at the seventh annual Maine Hoods Car Club "Riot." I went last year and [...]

Wet plate collodion eats

July, 27 2017

This ongoing series of images started out as an excuse to hand color some images. The wet plate collodion process is a cumbersome chemical photo-making method invented in the 1850s. The images are a unique creations on blackened aluminum plates. The process is slow and requires me to carry a mobile darkroom, though I made these pictures in my driveway. Before adding the final varnish [...]

Woman in the Woods

July, 27 2017

Woman in the Woods is a series of pictures I made over the course of a few summers in Maine. The model and I collaborated about a half-dozen times, all told. I was looking to tell a story that had gaps. That is, I wanted to make pictures that suggest a narrative without actually revealing it. Hopefully, it's enough to get the viewer's mind active enough to fill in the missing spaces [...]

Photojournalism archive gallery two

July, 22 2017

Photojournalism is the mystical art of telling stories with pictures. It started with cave paintings and it’s evolved into digital cameras and Photoshop. It’s not just pretty pictures. Photojournalism is about images that say something and say it clearly. They, hopefully, have drama, emotion and a narrative. I've worked for daily newspapers in Maine for close to 20 years. I'm lucky [...]

Top: New tattoos on Andrea Caron’s surgically reconstructed breasts are echoed on the wall at 13 Moons Tattoo Studio in Portland. Bottom: Artist Mary Schmaling-Kearns tattoos over a free-handed henna design from earlier in the week. (Photos by Troy R. Bennett)

Tattoos are healing what cancer took away

July, 22 2017

Cancer ransacked Andrea Caron’s body just before her 35th birthday. It stole her breasts and both ovaries and it didn’t stop there. When I met her in 2014, the chemotherapy was looting her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows, too. Still, she allowed me to tell her story. I watched artist Mary Schmaling-Kearns give her a swirling, blossoming henna crown. Mary called it a blessing. Andrea, [...]

Photojournalism archive gallery one

July, 22 2017

Photojournalism is the mystical art of telling stories with pictures. It started with cave paintings and it’s evolved into digital cameras and Photoshop. It’s not just pretty pictures. Photojournalism is about images that say something and say it clearly. They, hopefully, have drama, emotion and a narrative. I've worked for daily newspapers in Maine for close to 20 years. I'm lucky [...]