Our readers’ enthusiastic response to the March women’s issue of Northforker magazine has been overwhelming. The eight women featured are all community builders — even if that’s not exactly what they set out to be or what we aimed to capture in their profiles.
Their stories were brought to life through the creative lens of photographer David Benthal. Cover subject Claudia Fleming of North Fork Table & Inn is recognized as one of the great American pastry chefs. But Benthal wanted to show her — and his other subjects —outside their usual environments.
“I wanted to photograph them more creatively and less literally than I usually have the opportunity to,” Benthal said. “I wanted to portray them as women and people first, rather than as a fixture of their job or environment.”
So rather than just snapping Fleming in the kitchen, he met her at Magic Fountain in Mattituck — another North Fork dessert haven — to reveal another side of her.
The result was a sweet and playful cover for our first issue of 2019. The photographs that filled its pages were inspired. But they aren’t the only shots that deserve the spotlight. Please enjoy the outtakes below from Benthal’s shoots, along with accompanying stories.
Carolyn Iannone stumbled into her career at Love Lane Kitchen — and we’re all better for it. (Credit: David Benthal)