Just what do these two words mean? I'm offering herein a discussion that took place many years ago in the hopes - now that I've grown in experience and wisdom (Wisdom, not so much). To get this thread started, I still recall from my days reading philosophy that there's a distinction between seeing and seeing as. The first is merely a physiological process, while the latter also involves an act of consciousness. Immanuel Kant is credited with developing the "Second Copernican Revolution," which involved the dictum that percepts without concepts are empty, while concepts without percepts are blind." Back to the OP. . . A photographer may be walking along a bank of a stream during the beginning of sunset. This person may note the water color, the colors of the nearby vegetation, and may hear the rapid s lapping against the shoreline. However, once the person begins to pose a mental question about what camera settings to use, whether the shooting location is advantageous, etc, the person has crossed the line from the processes that allow eyes to realm of the conceptual. Your thoughts, if you please . . .