Stop the world. See the universe.

A Zen teacher once told me, “Sometimes you have to stop the world to see the universe.” Referring to the practice of meditation, she meant that we can miss the big picture of our lives if we don't pause to take a look around. The comment happened to capture the essence of photography.

A photograph literally stops the world. It allows us to view a specific moment in time outside the bounds of time itself. The ability to do this allows for introspection, and through introspection we might arrive at the bigger picture – the view of the universe.