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After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week. Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey and brought with it major flooding, travel disruption, structural damage, and power outages. New York City was especially hard hit. The storm system was so large ­-- nearly 1,000 miles wide at times -- it brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and 20 foot waves to Lake Michigan. It is projected Sandy will have caused about $30 billion in damages in the United States. To date, the storm claimed more than 100 lives. -- Lloyd Young ( 57 photos total)
Flooded homes in Tuckerton, N.J., on Oct. 30 after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey coastline on Oct. 29. (US Coast Guard via AFP/Getty Images)

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This collection of images are picks from the latest “Creating” shoots–recent weeks have featured a range of quirky subjects with job titles that inspire envy and admiration: stuntwoman, horse trainer, brewmaster, custom bicycle builder.
In this gallery, the photographers and subjects of Creating provide us with some insights into the portrait making process. The Creating profiles and accompanying portraits can be found in print in The Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition’s Review section, and the online versions can be found on the links below.

Glen Coben, architect, Romera restaurant, New York, NY, photographed by Francois Dischinger. Portrait subject Glen Coben:
“So, I walk into the shoot all dressed up and François smiles at me and says, ‘I have the shot all figured out!’ When he tells me that he wants me to jump up and laugh…I say something like, ‘but this is the Wall Street Journal…shouldn’t I be more serious?’ His reply: ‘Glen, if it’s a boring black and white picture, who is going to want to stop and read the article? A crazy looking picture…that people will want to stop and read!’ He was right!”

Zoe Bell, stuntwoman. 87Eleven stunt facility, Los Angeles, CA. Photographer Michael Kelley: “Zoe had two men slicing open and rigging cables inside her dress. She never batted an eye…She was incredibly patient, and a perfectionist in taking directions on poses while suspended in the air. She had amazing control in the air when she bounced off the trampoline into the pads. She would look at an images and say ‘Oh, I have to rotate another 20 degrees.’  When she was handed a sword to hold, she turned into an instant ninja–twirling, flipping, and spinning with it.”

Sacha White, bicycle framebuilder, Vanilla Bicycles, Portland, OR. Photographer Toni Greaves: “One of the things that struck me about Sacha White, apart from his obvious and extraordinary talent, was this overall sense of warmth, grace, and kindness that he has. He’s the kind of guy that, if you like to be around really good hearted people, you’d very much want to spend time with. The day I was photographing at his shop, Tave, a close friend of his, came in for a fitting of a bike that he’s designing for her. I could see the warmth and caring of their friendship, and what a truly good good person he is. I was really impressed by who he is as a being. He also has this zen-like calm and patience to him, which I suppose comes through in his incredibly meticulous and beautiful creations.”

Denyse Schmidt, quilter, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photographer Allison Michael Orenstein: “When I showed up to photograph Denyse Schmidt I was instantly in awe of the warm and creative environment. There were color swatches and fabric, spools of yarn, drawings and books everywhere. There were plums and pound cake set out. I asked her how long she had and she said as long as you want. I exhaled and said to myself; ‘This is going to be a good day.’ We decided to try many different quilts as backgrounds and change the clothing to match. At one point we switched shirts. I had her put on my orange shirt and I wore her yellow and white gingham. So the shirt in the photograph where she is laying down on the red and white quilt is actually mine. It ended up working out. She was a great sport and up for anything. Her quilts blow me away. They are functional works of art. It was my favorite kind of shoot; collaborative.”

Denyse Schmidt, quilter, Bridgeport, Connecticut. By Allison Michael Orenstein

Patrick Blanc, botanist and creator of the Vertical Garden, San Francisco, CA. Photographer Drew Kelly: “Despite having just arrived on a flight from Paris, Patrick was really excited about the new living wall at the Drew school. I was really impressed with his knowledge of all the plants that were used especially because I think they were all native to California. I don’t know if it was his green hair or flora themed clothes, but he reminded me a lot of Peter Pan.”

Andrea Cochran, landscape architect, San Francisco, CA. Photographer Amanda Friedman: “Andrea was kind enough to arrange for the photo shoot to take place at a clients house in Pacific Heights and it was one of the most amazing places I have ever photographed in. The home overlooked the entire San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. It was ultra modern and sleek which fit Andrea’s aesthetic perfectly.”

Soleio Cuervo, Facebook designer, Menlo Park, CA. Photographer Shaun Fenn: “Soleio has a very calm, straightforward nature with the curiosity of a kid. I spotted this metaphorical toy down stairs and he was more than happy to be shot with it. After we spent some time inside at Facebook Soleio was even gracious enough to entertain an idea I had running through a field behind the office. And as usual that ends up being the shot chosen for the assignment.”

Graham Motion, Horse trainer, Herringswell Stables, Lewisville, PA. By Ryan Donnell

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In today’s Pictures in the News: A Libyan rebel does a wheelie on a bike as he celebrates the liberation of Al Qawalish after six hours of battle. A rainbow appears near tthe space shuttle Atlantis as it sits on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center for Friday’s scheduled liftoff. Workers get the Incan citadel in Machu Picchu, Peru, ready for the centennial commemoration. Then there’s the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (more photos here). These are the highlights; there’s more.

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“Noé” is an experimental documentary project concentrated on Noé Jimenez, an eighteen year old living in New Haven, Connecticut. When I (Clayton Cotterell) met him in a painter’s open studio in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2006, we quickly struck up a conversation. He explained that he was an artist and shared his incredibly tenuous plans for his immediate future. When I asked his age, I was shocked to learn that he was only sixteen at the time as his demeanor and interests had led me to believe that he was at least in his twenties and much closer to my own age. Despite his maturity, there were times where his true age was exposed through his physical gestures and naïve comments. This duality between maturity and adolescence are what initially interested me in starting this project. As I continued to photograph him, my perception of him and the world in which he existed in would dramatically shift. 

At a certain point in this project, I realized that when I was photographing Noé, I was actually searching for an escape from my own adult reality. I was looking for an idealized world that I placed upon Noé and his surroundings. While photographing Noé, I concentrated on key aspects of his life such as romantic relationships, father/son relationships and coming of age issues. Throughout the project, I also began heavily imposing my own perceptions of what those aspects meant to me. I idolized my subject and the period of life he was going through as a means to understand where I have come from and where I am now. I see Noé in an indeterminate state that is common to all of us at some point in our lives and I created this project to capture this extended “in between” moment in photographs. Go here to see more.

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