We are all beholders. We behold the world around us, but not directly. Light enters the eye and is focused on the retina, triggering the rods and cones, sending an electrical signal via the optic nerve to the vision centers of the brain where they are converted into what we perceive as sight. We never actually "see" what lies before us, only the brain's interpretation of the electrical signals. And that amazing process was going on in the brains of these two women as I photographed them at a recent art opening. In fact, the same thing was happening in my brain as I held the camera's eyepiece to my eye, and now to you as the light from your computer monitor is being focused on your retinas. It's all quite marvelous, really.

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