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 Epitome Of Bucolic Serenity by Bijan Pirnia


The Arcadia On The Southern Flank by Bijan Pirnia


An Obelisk That Towers Over The Eastern Plains by Bijan Pirnia


It's Been A Prominent Landmark Ab Initio by Bijan Pirnia


In Colorado's Lexicon, This Is Mother Nature's Gold Rush. by Bijan Pirnia


Just The Right Warp And Woof by Bijan Pirnia


High Country Hinterlands by Bijan Pirnia


The Salient Lodestone Of Autumn by Bijan Pirnia


Chaos, The Primordial Void From Which Came Gaia, Tartarus, Eros, Erebus, And Nyx. by Bijan Pirnia


Brigid, The Celtic Goddess Of Weather, Water, And Poetry by Bijan Pirnia


It Happens Under The Rarefied Air Of Colorado High Country. by Bijan Pirnia


Lasya, The Tibetan Moon Goddess Who Carries A Mirror by Bijan Pirnia


Terra, The Roman Goddess Of The Earth by Bijan Pirnia


A Garland Like No Other by Bijan Pirnia


The Myth Of Christmas Lives On. by Bijan Pirnia


Evergreens Aglow by Bijan Pirnia


Ullr, The Norse God Of Winter, Hunting, And The Willow Tree by Bijan Pirnia


Hankering For Yesteryears by Bijan Pirnia


A Haimish Abode From A Bygone Era by Bijan Pirnia


Tempestas, The Roman Goddess Of Storms by Bijan Pirnia


Preserving Our Natural Heritage, The Fulcrum Of Our Community by Bijan Pirnia


It Almost Looks Like A Cupola. by Bijan Pirnia


A Triangular Window To The Lunar Terrene by Bijan Pirnia


There's A Belvedere Next To This Pond. by Bijan Pirnia


Yuki-onna, The Snow Queen Of Japan by Bijan Pirnia


The Sobriquet Is Mother Nature's Gold Rush. by Bijan Pirnia




Presno, The Kyrgyz God Of Storms by Bijan Pirnia


It Hares Down The Precipice. by Bijan Pirnia


The Incessant Flow by Bijan Pirnia


Zeme, The Latvian Mother Goddess Of The Earth by Bijan Pirnia


Sumptuous In Nature by Bijan Pirnia


The Irish Goddess Danu Symbolizes Rivers, Wells, Wisdom, And Prosperity. by Bijan Pirnia


Hegemone, The Greek Goddess Of Plants by Bijan Pirnia


Sefkhet, The Egyptian Goddess Of Astronomy, Knowledge, And Wisdom by Bijan Pirnia


Alfresco Dining By A Babbling Brook. Can't Get Better Than That. by Bijan Pirnia


Tefnut, The Egyptian Goddess Of Water And Rain by Bijan Pirnia


Eurydice, The Greek Oak Nymph by Bijan Pirnia


Mother Nature's Pulcritude by Bijan Pirnia


Springtime In The Colorado Rockies Implies Heavy, Slushy Snow, And Lots Of It. by Bijan Pirnia


Mid May Snow by Bijan Pirnia


Walk Softly On The Earth, For All The Footfalls Must Resound Respect. by Bijan Pirnia


With So Many Bull's Eyes, It Could Be A Target Board. by Bijan Pirnia


The Mirabilia Of This Resplendent World by Bijan Pirnia


The Celtic Goddess Abnoba Is The Protector Of The Woods. by Bijan Pirnia


The Mountainous Elysium Of Our Neck Of The Woods by Bijan Pirnia


A Conical Landmark by Bijan Pirnia


A Highly Auriferous Region by Bijan Pirnia