Bijan Pirnia







Bijan Pirnia

Bijan Pirnia

Manitou Springs, CO


Personal Manifesto
For me photography is not a hobby or pastime. It is truly a passion, a way of life, and a calling. It is the sine qua non of my existence. I define passion as a fire that burns in your heart and gives meaning, purpose, and direction to your life. It is also a vision that no one can see but you. Through photography I communicate my feelings and depict how I see beauty. Nature photography affords me the opportunity to engage with landscape at profoundly emotional and intimate levels. To paraphrase the legendary photographer, Ansel Adams, when I look at the beauties and masterpieces of nature, I see something that is not physically there --- something I cannot put into words because it's a subjective reality that is built from within rather than extracted from without. It is precisely this inner world, this personal vision that I aspire to communicate through the photographic image.
Over the years, raising environmental awareness has been the impetus behind my photography. For as long as I can remember, I have had an incurable longing to make a difference and a meaningful contribution to the human condition. I believe in living for a cause that is infinitely greater than I --- a cause that informs and defines my life but is not defined or limited by my ephemeral existence. I agree wholeheartedly with the German philosopher, Friedrich Hegel in his assertion that " Life has value only when it has something valuable as its object." In the same vein, I have often thought that the purpose of life should be a life of purpose. The day I die, I want the world to be a vastly improved place because I raised awareness regarding the sanctity of nature and helped many an individual experience the truth in a statement made by William Shakespeare : "Nature has music for those who listen." Many years of personal experiences have taught me that this is music of a different kind. It is a mellifluous rhythm that beats to the glorious dance of creation. It is the hallelujah chorus of the universe that permeates verdant forests, accompanies ocean waves and torrential rivers, rides on idle clouds sailing across the sky, and can be heard in the whisper of a gentle breeze. Once you hear this divine symphony, a major shift will take place in your consciousness and you will never be the same person again.
In one of his poems, Tagore, a poet and Nobel laureate from Bangladesh expresses this inner transformation more eloquently than I can : "When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart." To hear this celestial chorus, silence is indispensable. Be still within and behold the miracle that will blossom in the deepest recesses of your psyche --- the miracle that is not a flashy, showy phenomenon nor is it related to supernatural. It is entirely natural. It's a genuine awakening like no other. It is the expansion of your awareness, the deepening of your vision, and the softening of your heart. It is the gaining of perspicacity and wisdom. To paraphrase the Austrian writer, Franz Kafka, make a habit of being silent and the universal wisdom will reveal itself to you freely in ecstasy. It has to. It has no choice. The most valuable lesson I have learned through many years of solitude and introspection can be summed up as follows : Silence is the language that God uses to communicate --- the silence that is not merely the absence of words or sound. It transcends words, beliefs, and narrow confines of the intellect. It is in this silence that you will hear the divine music Shakespeare alluded to. It is in this silence that new melodies will break forth from your heart and you will be transformed into a fundamentally different person.
May God's unbounded love illuminate your heart and open your eyes to a deeper reality. May love be your creed and truth your guiding light. May the fire of love burn in your heart and purify you from within for it is your capacity to love that makes your truly human and therefore Godlike.
I have no religious or idealogical affiliation; but I'm convinced that the most profound spiritual wisdom humanity has ever expressed in words is in the book of John in the New Testament : "God is love. Whoever loves knows God and is born of God." May you be born of God anew everyday. May you grow in love.


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, The Prospector's Ass by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, The Prospector by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, The Prospector And His Ass by Bijan Pirnia


Painful Truth Is Better Than A Pleasant Lie. by Bijan Pirnia


Don't Be Impressed By Followers And Possessions. Be Impressed By Kindness, Humility, And Integrity. by Bijan Pirnia


The Avian Couple Taking Care Of The Kids On Lake Broadmoor by Bijan Pirnia


This Is How The Windows Of Opportunity Present Themselves In The Colorado Rockies. by Bijan Pirnia


Two Principles For A Happy Life, 1. Use Things, Not People. 2. Love People, Not Things. by Bijan Pirnia


Do Not Learn How To React. Learn How To Respond. by Bijan Pirnia


Mythology Puts Faces On The Forces That Shape The World. by Bijan Pirnia


A Small Section Of The Rockies Cordillera by Bijan Pirnia


Sensitive People Suffer More, But They Also Love More And Dream More. by Bijan Pirnia


Circumstances Do Not Create Joy. You Do. by Bijan Pirnia


Change Is Often A Challenge Which Both Excites The Soul And Frightens The Body. by Bijan Pirnia


The Best Time To Plant A Tree Was 20 Years Ago. The Second Best Time Is Now. Chinese Proverb by Bijan Pirnia


Time Exposure In The World-famous Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs by Bijan Pirnia


Christmas Decoration, Historic Pioneers Museum, Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


The Snow-sculpting Festival In Breckenridge, Colorado F by Bijan Pirnia


Our Version Of An Auberge by Bijan Pirnia


A Wide Egress by Bijan Pirnia


Useful Impedimenta by Bijan Pirnia


Floriculture Paraphernalia by Bijan Pirnia


Scarlet Red by Bijan Pirnia


Set Against The Palisades by Bijan Pirnia


The Foliated Wall by Bijan Pirnia


An Intimation Of A Charming Past by Bijan Pirnia


This Is How Tame They Are, Just A Few Yards Or Meters Away. by Bijan Pirnia


Problems Are Not Stop Signs. They're Guidelines. by Bijan Pirnia


A Wall Mural In The Mountain Town of Victor, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


A Gingerbread House In The World-famous Broadmoor Hotel In Colorado Springs by Bijan Pirnia


Knowledge Speaks, But Wisdom Listens. by Bijan Pirnia


Not To Be Confused With A Pied-a-Terre, The Mountain Town Of Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Easter Bunnies Antique Tow Truck In Woodland Park, Colorado, The City Above The Clouds by Bijan Pirnia


Listen To Your Intuition And The Quiet Promptings Of Your Heart. by Bijan Pirnia


Heaven Is Under Our Feet As Well As Above Our Heads. by Bijan Pirnia


The Least Of The Work Of Learning Is Done In The Classroom. by Bijan Pirnia


It Is Curious That Physical Courage Should Be So Common And Moral Courage So Rare. by Bijan Pirnia


Loyalty To Petrified Opinion Never Broke A Chain Or Freed A Human Soul. by Bijan Pirnia


Educations Is A Progressive Discovery Of Our Own Ignorance, Wrote Will Durant. by Bijan Pirnia


The First Week Of May, Claret Cup Cacti Begin To Bloom Throughout The Colorado Rockies. by Bijan Pirnia


An Apt Emblem Of My Home Sweet Home State, Colorado Columbine by Bijan Pirnia


Pride Makes Us Artificial, But Humility Makes Us Real. by Bijan Pirnia


Chinese Lantern by Bijan Pirnia


It's A Hillock. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is Nothing Stronger In The World Than Gentleness. by Bijan Pirnia


Behold The Munificence Of Mother Nature by Bijan Pirnia


The Photogenic Purlieu Of Our Home, Sweet Hometown by Bijan Pirnia


Every Human Being Has An Inherent Dignity. by Bijan Pirnia