There’s nothing quite like the scene at the Ditch Witch, the
legendary food truck on Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk, on the tip of
Long Island, where surfers and locals have been lining up for iced
coffees and black bean burritos since 1994.
The wait never feels long,
partly because everyone already knows what’s on the chalkboard menu and
partly because there’s always someone to talk to about the state of the
waves or real estate or last night’s drum circle.
This is the world of
Grant Monahan, a third-generation Montauker, who began working the wagon
when he was 8 years old. Now he’s 22 and a part-owner, working the
Ditch Witch six days a week in the summer and surfing whenever he’s not
in the truck.
Monahan is also an aspiring photographer, and his first book, “View
From the Window,” documents the people he’s served at the Ditch Witch,
using the service window as a frame. There’s Johan Lindeberg. (Yes, he really does wear leather jackets to the beach).
There’s Julian Schnabel,
who has a house nearby. “I would say 99.9 percent of the people in the
book I’ve known for the summer, or my whole life,” Monahan said. “I grew
up talking to everyone, and these are the people who have inspired me.”
His next book will take a similar approach: it documents the backyard
skate scene that he discovered when in college in Charleston, S.C. “View From the Window” is for sale at Ditch Witch, Whalebone Creative and Love Adorned; $60.