VIDEO: North Pond Hermit on the big screen

Documentary filmmakers from New York City (from left) Aitor Mendilibar, the sound recordist, Lena Friedrich, the director and Laura Shaw, the cinematographer, gather round BDN photographer and "banjournalist" Troy R. Bennett to sing the "North Pond Hermit Song" Friday morning. The crew spent a week in Maine working on a documentary about the suddenly famous hermit, AKA Christopher Knight. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

A year ago last spring, I was contacted by a group of young, New York City documentary filmmakers. They were on their way to Maine in search of the newly-discovered North Pond Hermit. Since the Hermit was currently secluded behind bars, and not in a talkative mood, they were settling for interviews with the panoply of peripheral characters […]

VIDEO: The perfect hotdog stick and tattoo

Mariah Pisha Duffly of Portland sports a unique tattoo on the back of her right calf: a red hot dog on a double-pronged stick. It's a reminder of a camping trip on her first wedding anniversary. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Tattoos are commonplace in Portland. When the warm temperatures of summer reign and skin is revealed in abundance, you see them everywhere. Full sleeves of intricate imagery creep from shoulders to elbows. Skirts hover above decorated legs and sweetheart’s names blaze across many a sternum for the world to see. But one tattoo stood out […]