I'm trying to visualize the effect of the inverse square law, not on a direct source of light, but on scattered light carrying visual data, such as that responsible for our everyday sight of things as well as our images of earth from satellites. It seems to me that it should be true that, while the photons spread out in space the farther and farther the scattered light travels, making the photons less dense, the photons are always locked in ensemble. So that a thousand eyes on a wall at a distance from a light scattering object each receive, not a proportion of the photons giving a piece of the scene like the piece of a jigsaw puzzle, but a near copy of the same meaningful ensemble of photons, i.e., an ordered collection of photons providing an image of nearly the same scene. In other words, that ensembles of photons essentially don't breakup as a function of distance. Is this true?