They are all over the place!
Radiated, diffracted, reflected and scattered photons come and go in all directions every where around us. And we can’t even see them. We only see the surfaces from whence they came.
At any location in a room or elsewhere, their rays are all mixed together:
There are no images in the natural world.
This enlightened statement is not philosophy, it’s physics.
To know their source, those rays would have to be sorted with respect to the direction from which they came. Doing that for all of them at once creates an image of the world around us.