Best of 2015: This is Maine

This is day one of 12 posts looking back the pictures and video I shot for the BDN this year. Today’s theme is: This is Maine.

I’ve spent months traveling and going to school overseas. I’ve gone on short tours, playing music, all over the east coast, going as far away as Nebraska. But Maine is the only place I’ve ever called home. I love it here and there’s nowhere I’d rather be. The best part of being a newspaper photojournalist is having a great excuse to get out and meet my fellow Mainers, to see their lives unfold in real time.

Here’s 13 photos Maine its people, as I saw it this year.

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1/28/15 — Reed McDermott rides a January wave at Higgins Beach in Scarborough. Mainers are tough and they love the outdoors. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

FRYEBURG, MAINE -- 10/06/15 -- A man lifts his arms into the night sky on the Pharaoh's Fury ride at the Fryeburg Fair on Tuesday. The fair runs through Sunday with gates opening at 7 a.m. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

10/06/15 — A man lifts his arms into the night sky on the Pharaoh’s Fury ride at the Fryeburg Fair. I can think of nothing that looks more like Maine to me than the Fryeburg Fair. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 12/01/15 -- Opal Laplante (left) and daughter Sadie, 6, hold candles on Tuesday in Portland's Monument Square during a vigil remembering the four people killed in Colorado Springs at a Planned Parenthood health center. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

2/01/15 — Opal Laplante (left) and daughter Sadie, 6, hold candles in Portland’s Monument Square during a vigil remembering the four people killed in Colorado Springs at a Planned Parenthood health center. I’ve covered more vigils than I’ve ever wanted. Mainers’ capacity for caring, for reaching out, always surprises me. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

FRYEBURG, MAINE -- 10/06/15 -- James Thiboutot of Brownfield gets his 1964, 10hp Wheel Horse tractor up on one tire while trying to pull more than 1,800 pounds at the Fryeburg Fair on Tuesday.  Troy R. Bennett | BDN

10/06/15 — James Thiboutot of Brownfield gets his 1964, 10hp Wheel Horse tractor up on one tire while trying to pull more than 1,800 pounds at the Fryeburg Fair. I will do anything to weasel my way into a day of shooting pictures at the Fryeburg Fair. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

GEORGETOWN, MAINE -- 08/26/15 -- Blake McMahan, 10, gets his eyes tested at Georgetown Central School on Wednesday before starting the fifth grade on Sept. 1. This year, the school joined the districtís back-to-school program, providing backpacks, school supplies, vision screening, haircuts, and other necessities for its pre-kindergarten to fifth-graders. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

08/26/15 — Blake McMahan, 10, gets his eyes tested at Georgetown Central School on before starting the fifth grade. This year, the school joined the districtís back-to-school program, providing backpacks, school supplies, vision screening, haircuts, and other necessities for its pre-kindergarten to fifth-graders. That doesn’t happen just anywhere. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 06/20/15 -- A boy runs under a rainbow flag that stretched several blocks of the Pride Portland parade route on High Street in Portland on Saturday. The parade and festival in Deering Oaks Park capped off a ten-day celebration of Maine's LGBTQIA community. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

6/20/15 — A boy runs under a rainbow flag that stretched several blocks of the Pride Portland parade route on High Street in Portland. The parade and festival in Deering Oaks Park capped off a ten-day celebration of Maine’s LGBTQIA community. It was, hands down, the best parade I’ve ever seen in person. They joy brough tears to my eyes. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

BRUNSWICK, MAINE -- 09/05/15 -- Brody Sevey, 4, waves a flag atop his father John's shoulders at the Great State of Maine Airshow in Brunswick on Saturday where the Blue Angels performed for a crowd of thousands. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

09/05/15 — Brody Sevey, 4, waves a flag atop his father John’s shoulders at the Great State of Maine Airshow in Brunswick where the Blue Angels performed for a crowd of thousands. I have to amid I don’t care much for war planes. For me, the pictures are all on the ground. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

FRYEBURG, MAINE -- 10/06/15 -- Coy Lyford, 10, of Randolph, Vermont leads his steers Harley and Davidson as they haul a wagon at the Fryeburg Fair on Tuesday. The average paid attendance for the eight day event is 142,000. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

10/06/15 — Coy Lyford, 10, of Randolph, Vermont leads his steers Harley and Davidson as they haul a wagon at the Fryeburg Fair. Yes, I know, there’s several pictures of the fair in here. I won’t apologize. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 12/01/15 -- A coal fire blazes as blacksmith Sam Smith makes a ladle in the time-tested methods of the 19th century on Tuesday at The Portland Forge in the Portland Company complex in Portland. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

12/01/15 — A coal fire blazes as blacksmith Sam Smith makes a ladle in the time-tested methods of the 19th century at The Portland Forge in the Portland Company complex in Portland. he worlks in a space that’s seen metal-working since the 1840s. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 01/18/15 -- Nate Grover sorts fish as they come in off the boats on Jan. 18 at the Portland Fish Exchange. Mayor Michael Brennan would like to see Portlanders eating more local catch. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

01/18/15 — Nate Grover sorts fish as they come in off the boats at the Portland Fish Exchange. A scene that’s been repeating itself since Portland was graced with its first pier, no doubt. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 01/27/15 -- Annetta (left) and Madeleine Weatherhead of Portland ski by the Portland Observatory on Congress Street on Tuesday. "It's the best," said Annetta Weatherhead of skiing in the Port City during a snowstorm.  Troy R. Bennett | BDN

01/27/15 — Annetta (left) and Madeleine Weatherhead of Portland ski by the Portland Observatory on Congress Street. “It’s the best,” said Annetta Weatherhead of skiing in the Port City during a snowstorm. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson delivers to the plate while starting a rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs Friday night. Masterson gave up eight hits in four and two-thirds innings of work. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

06/05/15 — Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson delivers to the plate while starting a rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs. He didn’t pitch very well, as I recall, but the Dogs had the best attendance in the Eastern League this year. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk Wednesday in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

1/28/15 Adam Earley digs out a sidewalk in Portland after a blizzard dumped snow on the city. Winter lasts a long time. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

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About Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.