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.


Four-legged Furry Sentinels by Bijan Pirnia


Beyond Happiness, There Is Wholeness. by Bijan Pirnia


If You Think You're Too Small To Make A Difference, Try Sleeping With A Fly Buzzing All Around You. by Bijan Pirnia


The World Is Full Of Monsters With Friendly Faces And Angels Riddled With Scars. by Bijan Pirnia


Fred's Patriotic Antique Tow Truck In Woodland Park, Colorado, The City Above The Clouds by Bijan Pirnia


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


All That Makes Life Meaningful And Worth Living Is On The Other Side of Indolence, Apathy, And Fear. by Bijan Pirnia


A House Is Built With Walls And Beams. A Home Is Made With Love And Dreams. by Bijan Pirnia


A Historical Treasure Constructed In 1870, Maxwell House, Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Historic Maxwell House, Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Dead People Receive More Flowers Than The Living Ones Because Regret Is Stronger Than Gratitude. by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, Bite The Hook Fishy Fishy by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, Cripple Creek Magenta by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, Cripple Creek Cyan by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, Cripple Creek Yellow by Bijan Pirnia


A Prodigious Fulmination In Palmer Lake, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Only Symbolic Language Can Give Us Intimations Of The Ineffable. by Bijan Pirnia


Muster The Courage To Love Again. Not Everybody Is Your Ex. by Bijan Pirnia


Honesty Is The First Chapter In The Book Of Wisdom, Wrote President Thomas Jefferson. by Bijan Pirnia


People Are NOT The Prisoners Of Fate. They're The Prisoners Of Their Own Minds. by Bijan Pirnia


Every Time History Repeats Itself, The Price Goes Up. by Bijan Pirnia


The Annual Ice Sculpting Festival In The Colorado Rockies, Splashy Frozen Water by Bijan Pirnia


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


In Truth, There Was Only One Christian, And He Died On The Cross, Wrote Friedrich Nietzsche by Bijan Pirnia


One Day, Someone Is Going To Hold You So Tight That All Your Broken Pieces Will Stick Back Together. by Bijan Pirnia


There's A Belvedere By This Pond. by Bijan Pirnia


Keep Your Bowels Empty And Your Mind Full. Tragically, The Opposite Is True In Our Culture. by Bijan Pirnia


Parting Is All We Know Of Heaven, And Is All We Need Of Hell, Wrote Emily Dickinson. by Bijan Pirnia


The Ferruginous Earth Of The Rocky Mountain West by Bijan Pirnia


My Life Looks Like A Test I Didn't Study For. by Bijan Pirnia


If Quantum Physics Hasn't Profoundly Shocked You, You Haven't Understood It Yet. by Bijan Pirnia


Pessimists Complain About The Wind. Optimists Expect It To Change. Realists Adjust The Sail. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Is A Tree Whose Roots Are Deep In The Earth, But Whose Branches Extend Into Heaven. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Begins When Another Person's Needs Become More Important Than Your Own. by Bijan Pirnia


Sometimes, We're Almost Buried In Snow Which Is Manna From Heaven. We Love It. The More The Merrier. by Bijan Pirnia


Mother Nature's Pulcritude by Bijan Pirnia


Within The Curtilage Of A Historical Nostalgia by Bijan Pirnia


To Love And Win Is The Best Thing. To Love And Lose The Next Best. by Bijan Pirnia


You Can Preach A Better Sermon With Your Life Than With Your Lips. by Bijan Pirnia


You Cannot Dream Yourself Into Character. You Must Hammer And Forge Yourself Into one. by Bijan Pirnia


Sometimes Life Is About Risking Everything For A Dream No One Can See But You. by Bijan Pirnia


Those Who Kneel Before God Can Stand Before Anybody. by Bijan Pirnia


Home Sweet A-frame In The Colorado Rockies by Bijan Pirnia


Be Still And Let Your Soul Feel The Eye Of Your Maker Upon You. by Bijan Pirnia


Whatever Makes You Uncomfortable Is Your Biggest Opportunity For Growth. by Bijan Pirnia


The Greatest Glory In Living Lies Not In Never Falling But In Rising Every Time We Fall. by Bijan Pirnia


The Leaves That Will Become The Essential Component Of Soil Called Humus by Bijan Pirnia


Helios, The Hellenic Sun God by Bijan Pirnia