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I See You: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on June 5, 2015

My Thanks to Dan Hill

From a song called “In Your Eyes” by Dan Hill

“In your eyes
I can see my dreams reflections
In your eyes
I found the answers to my questions
In your eyes
I can see the reason why our love's alive
In your eyes
We're drifting safely back to shore
And I think I've finally learned to love you more”

Thank you, Dan. Now I can proceed.

I was watching a Ted Talks video the other day. I love Ted Talks, by the way, but that’s an article for another day. Anyway, I’m watching this video of some photographer who has travelled the world taking pictures in some of the most remote places on Earth, pictures of peoples few of us have seen or even heard of, peoples like the Sentinelese in Eastern India, the Jarawa, the Ruc and the Pintupi.

And it was fascinating!

There was one group of people, and I apologize because I don’t remember their collective name, who wouldn’t allow this photographer to take their picture until he lived with them for awhile and got to know them as real human beings. He didn’t understand why they were so concerned about having their picture taken, but he acquiesced to their wishes and eventually he was rewarded with some magnificent photos.

Anyway, the point of this talk was this photographer’s questioning of himself. He wanted to know why he took pictures. He wanted to know why it was so important that he do so, and did his pictures have any value for anyone?

And then one day, after taking pictures for decades, he was given the answer to his question.

I definitely see Bev
I definitely see Bev | Source

An Answer from a Friend

This photographer was discussing his dilemma with a friend. The friend listened carefully and when the photographer had talked himself out, the friend suggested an answer. He told the photographer to look closely at one particular close-up of a young woman who had been captured in picture. “Look at her eyes,” the friend implored. “The answer is in her eyes.”

So the photographer took the picture and he enlarged it, and then he took a magnifying glass and he looked at the young woman’s eyes, and staring back at him was his own reflection.

“She sees you,” his friend said. “You have become a part of her.”

A profound statement, my friends.

I see you; thus, you have become a part of me.

You see me; thus, I have become a part of you.

and I definitely saw my family
and I definitely saw my family | Source

So I Pulled out the Old Pictures

There’s this box on the closet shelf in our bedroom. Dust covers it for in truth, it’s not opened very often. Inside the box are photos….hundreds of photos…photos of family and friends from my lifetime….most of them are gone now….many I lost track of over the years….but they all have two things in common….

I became a part of them, and they became a part of me.

There’s my dad, dead since 1969, and mom, gone since 2003. Sister Darlys, Grandma Belva, Grandpa Mike, aunts and uncles, friends and foes, casual acquaintances and close associates, Mary, Pete, Eli, Nancy, Jake, Jack, Dan, Melissa, Sandy, Doug, Theresa, Tyler, Bev…..look closely and there I am, reflected in their eyes, and them in mine.

I became a part of them, and they became a part of me.

But how well do I see strangers?
But how well do I see strangers? | Source

Science Can Certainly Explain It

Simple science, kids! The camera lens focuses light on the film. The cornea focuses light on the retina. Light enters the cornea, filters through the aqueous humor to the iris, and in the iris is the pupil, which expands or contracts to control the amount of light. Muscles surround the lens, hold it in place and also pull on and flatten the lens, allowing the eye to see objects close up and far away. Onward we go to the vitreous humor and finally to the retina, and within the retina are millions of light-sensitive cells, known as rods and cones. Light strikes the rods and cones, they are converted into electrical signals and relayed to the brain via the optic nerve.

And the brain translates the electrical signals into images that we see.

Simple science, kids!

But what happens next ain’t so simple, is it?

We see the image, but do we retain it?

We see the image, but do we understand its importance?

I became a part of them, and they became a part of me.

The next step is crucial for our growth as human beings. We must take that image and implant it on our hearts. We must make it part of our being. As the Walrus said, I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together…..

Do you see me?
Do you see me? | Source

In Order for That to Happen…..

Well, there has to be awareness, doesn’t there?

There has to be willingness.

There has to be a tearing down of emotional and psychological barriers.

There has to be an understanding of the commonalities in us all.

There has to be an embracing of our humanness and a desire to form a bond.

Only when those things happen will that image that we see become a lasting part of who we are.

I see you, but do I really see you?

You see me, but do you really see me?

I hope so.

For the sake of us all.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rawspirit, thank you so much. I was hoping to touch people with this one. I think it's a very important message.

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Amazing... Simply amazing. This article touched my heart it makes me want to take more pictures of my friends and the awesome times we have had together. Blessings

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! My only regret is not being able to write poetry. Silly, I know, but there you have it. I try to make my prose as poetic as possible. There is always something to learn.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Bill - You come up with the most interesting revelations and ideas that surprise us and make us think. When I take a photo of someone, that person means a lot to me, and I love to look at them again. Mostly, the ones that matter are the friends and relatives. A bond develops, and I do see them, and they see me. I took photography once and wish I had taken more courses. Looking at Pinterest is exciting for me. Thanks for sharing these ideas, Bill, as only you can do. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Lawrence. I know the reflection you see is one you are proud of.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! I did enough small talk working retail. Now, if it comes out of my mouth, I make it worth hearing.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Loved the concept. That each time we look at another person we can see a reflection of ourselves, lets make it the good bits, the things we want to pass on.

      Lawrence

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I like the deep message here. I am usually not one interested in much small talk. When I open up to do one I find a committed friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, twenty years ago I would have said that your statement is ridiculous. Now I'm not that confident. Thank you for sharing your refection.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      To really "see" is to know and understand. Nothing will ever break that down, which is why humanity is failing as a race now, and if we are not careful, will be gone, just like the Incas.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I love that...in case you never see them again. That really is quite beautiful. You are a good person, Kailey, and I'm proud to call you a friend.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      A lovely article, Bill. I like how you drew from what the photographer experienced. I love taking pictures with my friends, once I have gotten to know them. Sometimes, when I just meet a friend for the first time I'll take a photo in case I never see them, again. I don't think a lot of people, today, grasp the importance of photos as more than entertainment. I hope your article helps those people "get it."

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Twin! I always appreciate a visit by you. By the way....I see you!

      bill

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      This is such a wonderful reminder of the importance of really seeing each other. By the way, I love Ted Talk too. I actually wrote a hub showcasing one of the topics. I like how you took this Photography topic and brought such meaning to it. What is life really if we don't see each other.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Frank! I greatly appreciate the kind words.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      beautiful, unselfish, sane and profound reflection.. with you I've learned that a person's reflection says a lot about their self confidence...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! In our case yes, my friend, I do see you, and I am proud to call myself your friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I see you & you see me but do we really?

      Very profound words Bill. If only we could really take those images to where they really matter, our heart and make a bond as you say, the world would be so peaceful for we would only see ourselves in others.

      Magnificient writing as always my friend. Voted up and awesome and sharing this lovely message.

      Have a nice day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      June, I'm so happy you loved this. I was blown away by the Ted Talks....such a profound insight. Sigh! Now to remember it daily; that will be the true test.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, thanks for stopping in. I hope your travels were wonderful. Great comment and I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Jenifer Weber 2 years ago from New Brighton, PA

      This is really profound and true. We are all connected and when we make that connection with another, it is like we finally get it. You are them and they are you. But some feel the connection more than others and what you stated really hits the mark. You finally see with an open heart, what reality really is and that is the biggest impression we can make as humans. Love, love, love this!!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Yes, this is so true, I'm thinking of my parents, family, friends, still seen through my childhood eyes. Long gone they are still with me as they gaze at me from black and white. I love the photographer story. Also reminded of poet Robbie Burns who wrote something like - oh would some power the gift to give us - to see ourselves as others see us - I have to wonder some time how I might rate through others eyes! (I'm finally back after travelling)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, just two more reasons why I adore you...Hill and Ted Talks. How could I not like you? :) Of course, I say the same thing about me...how could anyone not like me...but it's amazing how many find a way. LOL

      Thanks Sis! I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Eric....you always come up with an interesting comment that leaves me thinking, and I appreciate that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you're right, MizB, and I love the story about your mom...thank you for sharing that.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Simply exquisite......Dan Hill, whom I adore and that song goes through me like electricity....and my eyes fill with tears of some crazy kind of consuming emotions.....goosebump music.....that's what my sister and I always called it...as we sat sprawled across our beds, staring into space like the love struck school girls we were......singing at the top of our lungs

      I view at least 2 or 3 Ted Talks a week.....they keep my brain in the "ON" position and urge me to know more.

      This one is a masterpiece, bro.....I think I'll pull out the albums.....Thanks. UP+++ pinned & tweeted.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I was looking through some old photographs recently and decided to barely glimpse at them and then remember the people only through my minds eye. It is good to trigger the memory but I found that I like my mental pictures more. This is a great food for thought article, thanks

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I think that is just a beautiful way of saying that we are all parts of the whole, Bill. Whether we accept it or not, we need to wake up and realize that it is true. As for the old family photos, my favorite is my mom's beautiful smile in the photo she had made to send to my dad in the army in 1942, and the caption "Your loving wife, _____".

      P.S. he did come home.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you for sharing that story with us. What a beautiful tribute for your mother...and I'm sure those in attendance were deeply touched. I love it!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Irish! All is well in Holland Land. The critters are happy although it is way too hot out. Hopefully some rain will appear soon to cool us all off. My old bones are tired but the end result was worth it.

      Thank you dear lady. Stop by any old time. You are always welcome...and thank you for the smile. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, it does seems to be more important as we grow older, doesn't it? Funny when faced with our own mortality we see things so much differently. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shanmarie, thank you so much. I love you question...when all the walls are down.....are we still seen? Perfect!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, high praise and I thank you for it. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all could see others in this way? What problems we could avoid, what things we could accomplish......sigh! Thank you my friendd.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning PS. Sorry about the delay in responding. Work in the mini-farm and nice weather dictated this past weekend...but I'm here now and ready to go. Thank you as always. Sending love, blessings and hugs on this hot Monday.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing that, lies...oftentimes those pictures are the only "contact" we have with friends and family...thus, their importance.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! It is a profound message, is it not? It spoke to me and I wanted to share. I'm very encouraged by the number of people who feel the same way.

      Far too hot here for gardening. Hoping for some blessed rain soon. :)

      Thank you and Happy Monday to you, Ann!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, it is a pleasure seeing you again. Thank you for thinking of me. Yes, everyone seems to be busy of late, but such is life. It's just good to reconnect with old friends from time to time. Blessings to you always.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      In order to put together a video to show during my mom's viewing, I spent a night going through pictures looking for the ones that I thought captured the essence of my mom. In the majority of the pictures, my mom is smiling, and so many folks who came through the day of her viewing/funeral said to me that the thing they always remember the most about my mom was her smile. And, I believe the reason is related to what you have written about in this hub: my mom's smile could be seen in her eyes. While cliché, the eyes are the windows into the soul, and when we share that window what a magnificent view there for all to see. Another beautiful hub and voted/shared as such.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What a fascinating story you told and so interesting. I have tons of photos when I think of it and love that I do. This hub has certainly made me think and about people, relationships and really opening one's eyes. Thank you my friend for this deep but awesome read. Have a lovely week my friend and hope you are feeling better after your trojan work on the aviary!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, the older I get, the more I want to know that I mattered to other people and that they mattered to me. I think that relates to what you are saying here. I'll try to remember this every time I pick up a camera. It will be a good reminder of what is important.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell. It was a good day but terribly hot. We aren't used to this kind of heat and I'm sapped.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lady E. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Bill. I love the old black and whites too. Some day someone will be looking at my picture and hopefully remember me fondly.

      Thank you for seeing me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think that's wonderful, Mary. I hope that's always a tradition with families. I think it is crucial to maintain that family history.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      I love this message, Bill! It speaks to my soul. Isn't that what we all want from friends and family, from our loved ones? To be seen and accepted for who we are just as we are in the moment. When all the walls and guards are down, are we still seen? And can that seeing overcome the differences?

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Bill, this is exactly how I would love to see. Seeing and becoming a part of one another is a beautiful feeling. I loved this hub and I loved the concluding part " In order for that to happen...". This hub tells the difference between a casual looking and a real seeing. Very profound thoughts having great wisdom. I enjoyed and relished the hub with all my heart. Thanks for sharing such a beauty.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning

      Indeed Letting go of our issues allows us to see and be seen and to become a part of someone else for sure.

      And often we can 'see' the lovely individuals as we read their writings, as they reveal what they value and believe and hold true.

      Awesome awesome and awesome bill...what a lovely way to begin this Sunday morning

      ps

      Know that many Angels are headed to visit you and Bev this morning ps

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Bill another great hub of yours. Funny enough, I always take photos of anything or people and family because I like seeing them after even if I have left them. I live away from my family and more often, I got photographs of them that I open now and again if I feel homesick. Awesome hub.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Excellent! Perfect! Your title even reflects the 'reflection'. What could be more perfect than photography, writing, observation and life?

      I wish everyone could understand this profound message, could see others as you do. How can you wage war on someone when they're a part of you and you're a part of them? It only needs the right viewpoint, the right angle.

      I'm getting a bit carried away here.... maybe I should be! Lovely words with a beautiful message, bill.

      Have a great Sunday being a part of your world and your friends and family, as I'm doing with mine all these miles away.

      More in the garden today whilst the sun lasts!

      Ann :))

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Long time no see but trying to get here as often as I can even if I have no time for comments; but looks like everyone is a little busy right now!

      Great read and loved the photographer seeing himself in the woman's eyes. Really profound and deep and is what makes your story outstanding. Pleased I could get by to read it as you always give such food for thought and always a smile!

      Up and shared.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Wonderful stuff Bill, I love the photographer and his story, so true. we do become part of other peoples lives and we do see them, wise words, have a wonderful Sunday, nell

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Truly beautiful to read. I love the song too. They don't write such wonderful lyrics like that, these days. Thanks for sharing your photos too. (I'm hardly on HP these days, but hope to catch up with your Hubs).

      Happy Weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wonderful hub Bill. I love the story of the photographer. When it comes to photos I would venture to guess that I have tens of thousands. Every now and then I pull out the old photo paper photos and start to go through them. It really is a walk down memory lane and makes me realize how many people have been a part of my life and vice versa. To me there is nothing quite like an old black and white photo from decades ago.

      Have a great weekend and I do see you :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I think it is so important to keep all those old family photographs so we can look at them again and again, and "see" ourselves in all of them. My children and grandchildren love to look through our old family albums to see and appreciate those who lived before.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I sure love my life right now. This type of article could never have been written twenty years ago. I didn't SEE back then. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you sri the creator...so glad you liked it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I'm glad you found it worthwhile.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, thanks for the chuckle. I'll try to be more visible from now on so you can see me more easily. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira! I do think it is important. We take so much for granted and miss so much. I'm just trying to look a little deeper at life.

      Happy Weekend to you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, what a beautiful thing to say...friend for life. Thank you and I feel the same way. See you in a month.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! I appreciate it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I can always count on you to have a literary reference that is applicable. Thank you for sharing that and for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ,. Happy Weekend to you! Thank you my friend. I think there is so much to life that most take for granted. My mind always goes beneath the surface, looking for the common thread that unites us all. Probably explains why I couldn't get a date when I was younger. LOL

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, thank you! I love that you took pictures of the rooms in your friend's home. That is such a beautiful thing to do. My goodness you are a beautiful human being. Thank you for your friendship. It means a great deal to me.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      "With my eyes wide open, I'm dreaming"....can we all dream and remember what we see? Seeing another person as you've pointed out is a profound experience. Just running by them leaves no impression. We need to SEE them.

      This was really a deep, inspiring hub and one that should lead people to see and appreciate those around them. Sensei, you've done it again.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub contains some very important ideas, Bill. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      How can I see you, Bill? You're on the other side of a screen.

      This is a great hub. I've heard the photographer story before, but it's one to hear more than once. Your point about acknowledging people as people is beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      Absolutely loved this piece of yours and could not disagree on any of it. More so since we see each many faces and peep into many eyes every day with or without the lens but do we actually see their pain or joy or just see their physical self.

      Happy Friday, Bill while I take this imp message with me over the weekend :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yes! I see you and I am happy to be in your life and happy you are in mine. Have a most wonderful weekend, my friend for life.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Another beautiful reflection. Great hub!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Yes, for sure. Beautifully said, Bill.

      A book that for decades I have admired very much is LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN by James Agee, photographs by Walker Evans. They, too, lived among and got to know the families whose stories they told and showed. The book expresses "the innate worth and dignity of every person," as a Unitarian Universalist principle puts it.

      Your reflections in this hub have implications for writers as well as photographers and artists.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      What a unique way of understanding a simple complexity. Why do I feel like you have pulled my brain out of my ear like a large rubber band

      and I am waiting for the automatic reflex, when you let go?

      It is like looking into a mirror and seeing the reflection of a second mirror behind. The vision seems to go on and on, never ending.

      Wow, what a revelation!

      You have given us much to think about, this Friday morning.

      Here's hoping you have a pleasant weekend.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'm a work in progress....an aging bottle of wine? Call it whatever...I'm just me trying to be a better version of me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, thank you and I feel the same way about much of art...it really is a reflection of us, and I love that about it.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, Bill, this is so wonderful! SO profound about the eyes (yes, I know the eyes are also the window to your soul)...like Sha, I, too, was VERY moved about the conversation between you and the photographer. 'I see you, thus you have become a part of me." Never ever thought of it that way!

      You removing the shoe box from your closet could have been my closet...I have multiple, numerous photos which I just cannot part with.

      I have often said journals tie a ribbon around memories, but SO DO PHOTOS!

      If our house were on fire, I would rescue the cats and then the photos.

      To me, photos are priceless. AND many ARE implanted in my heart.

      When our very close friend Marge died in 2007, we had to go through her home before selling it-empty it all out and clean it. It sold in less than a month. The day before the closing I went through her home and took pictures of every single room, including the cellar. I had been visiting her home since age 5, and I wanted to take her home with me forever. I put all the pictures in a small album, and when I go through it I see Marge. And she sees me from Heaven. I PRAISE the person who invented photography.

      THANK you for this wonderful story of awareness with our eyes.

      By the way I wept listening to the song...when you mentioned it, I thought to myself, "I hope he posts the video!"

      God bless always, voted up, beautiful and awesome...Sparklea :)

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Bill. I think we all go through levels of understanding on how the world really works. You seemed to have reached a pretty high level balancing everything that is demanded of you and then sharing it with the rest of us.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Beautiful bill and very insightful! Sometimes when I read stories, fiction or non, or even articles where the writer is passionate about his topic, I can in a way see through the eyes of my heart a reflection of myself! This can be done through most of the art mediums! But photos or other visual arts sometimes pack a bigger punch! This was a good read this fine Friday morning!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, thank you for that wonderful description of words transforming into images. Lovely thoughts, my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow, Bill. Great, interesting facts about images and how I see you and you see me. I can see you through these lines also. These lines convey the images that are not posted here. These letters send signals to my heart first and then convert the feelings into images and I see you right in front of me.

      Thanks for sharing this great emotional intelligence and feelings.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you for the kind words. I do appreciate them, and I'm glad you enjoyed my reflections.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Simple science? Perhaps... a key to who and what we each are... Likely...

      Profoundly insightful? Absolutely...

      Thanks for the reflection, and stimulation of thoughts, on this end!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing, Carol. I don't spend much time in the past. I'm too busy trying to form lasting relationships in the present. Sounds like you are too. :) Have a great weekend, my friend.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      So true. I have many photos in boxes in the garage. Someone once said you should not look at old pictures...and that depends on how you felt or feel about the people in the pictures. For me I feel it is best not to look back..because of certain things that have happened. I really enjoyed reading this and the reflections you have made.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I knew you'd understand the message here. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. You are appreciated.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What wonderful insights Bill. We need to see ourselves through others eyes too. There is a line in the chorus of the song "Freckles" by The Oakridge Boys..."I only want to see me through your eyes" that is appropriate. Oh, and Dan Hill was one of my favourite's too "Sometimes When We Touch" another of his. Have a good weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Diva, we will be seeing each other again, my friend, and I find great comfort in that. Thank you!

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Very nice, Bill. And yes, sometimes we really don't see one and the other, even when we're looking, and sometimes not seen for who we really are. But, we'll be seeing more of you—your willingness to share, to be seen. Have a great a weekend, and we'll be seeing you, again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj...I hope your weekend is everything you want it to be....and more.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, great pun and almost pun. You had me laughing. Isn't it fascinating, though, how we see things, and do they leave an impressions? and sometimes we see things and don't even realize it, or we don't see something right in front of us? And when we take the time to really see another human being, what do we see? And how is that clouded with our thoughts and biases?

      Fascinating stuff, Sha! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      In so few words, Bill, you expressed a significant mantra for humanity. Thank you for reminding me of its importance. Have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm having trouble leaving comments today. Let's see if I can remember what I tried to post a minute ago.

      This is both fascinating and eye-opening (no pun intended). I got goosebumps when you described the conversation between the photographer and his friend. What a profound observation!

      Your "simple science" explanation is really rather complex. And to think that process happens in a nano second! (I almost said in the blink of any eye, but didn't want to throw in another unintentional pun)

      In order to really see someone we need to open our minds and hearts and let the impression leave it's mark. It's kinda like the difference between hearing and listening.

      You've given us food for thought, Bill. What a great way to end the week!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Janine and thank you for spending part of your Friday with me. You are like a Swiss watch...you are always on time with your comment and support. Have a wonderful weekend and again, thank you.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, this is so true and so very beautifully said. I honestly couldn't agree more and feel so fortunate and blessed to have been seen truly by others in my life and vice versa to see them, as well. Some might be long gone, but trust me I will never forget them - ever. Thank you for the reminder here today and wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead now.