Influences are sometimes like wonderful photos that I carry around in my mind. At any given moment I can call one up or it will pop into my head like a few bars of a favorite song. Atget has been influencing my art photography for as long as I can remember. Every once in a while, Atget will come along on a shoot with me. The great photographer is more an influential presence than an actuality, of course, but his images are strongly imprinted on my artistic sensibilities. On a recent walk around NYC, the Parisian master photographer "strolled along with me," pointing out composition, values, photographic possibilities. My efforts to pay attention follow his shop window masterpiece.