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.


Flamboyant, Exuberant Display by Bijan Pirnia


Our Version Of The Cataract Of Ladore by Bijan Pirnia


Nature Provides Analgesic For The Soul. by Bijan Pirnia


A Refulgent Christmas At The World-famous Broadmoor by Bijan Pirnia


A Scintillating Christmas At The Historic Broadmoor by Bijan Pirnia


An Extrinsic Element by Bijan Pirnia


Just The Place For A Weekend Soiree by Bijan Pirnia


This Is What The Lieutenant Was Looking For In 1806. by Bijan Pirnia


A Simpatico Neighborhood by Bijan Pirnia


Two At A Time by Bijan Pirnia


Skyward Threesome by Bijan Pirnia


Nanna, The Sumerian Moon Goddess by Bijan Pirnia


An Invocation To Reverence by Bijan Pirnia


An Image That Is A Paean To Nature by Bijan Pirnia


Erstwhile Private Property by Bijan Pirnia


It Dates Back To The Advent Of Creation by Bijan Pirnia


Disparate Colors by Bijan Pirnia


Pamba, The Creator And Sustainer Of Life In Ovambo Mythology by Bijan Pirnia


Artemis, The Goddess Of Hunting And Wilderness by Bijan Pirnia


Dryades, The Forest Nymphs by Bijan Pirnia


Oboto, The African Goddess Of Serenity by Bijan Pirnia


I'm A Pictorial Raconteur. by Bijan Pirnia


Hydrus, The Primeval Greek Goddess Of Water by Bijan Pirnia


Ebullient Spirits Flounce Around In This Forest. by Bijan Pirnia


Qone, The Moon God Of Chehalis Tribe by Bijan Pirnia


Boann, The Irish Goddess Of River Boyne by Bijan Pirnia


Tethys, Titaness Of All The Fresh Water On Earth by Bijan Pirnia


Brahma, The Hindu Creator God by Bijan Pirnia


Not Just Fauve But Colorado Fauve by Bijan Pirnia


Attis, The Greek God Of Vegetation by Bijan Pirnia


Don, The Welsh Mother Goddess Of The Heavens by Bijan Pirnia


Mamlambo, The Zulu River Goddess by Bijan Pirnia


Hesperia, Land Of The Far West by Bijan Pirnia


Our Mercurial Weather by Bijan Pirnia


Arianrhod, The Welsh Moon Goddess by Bijan Pirnia


Refulgent Foliage by Bijan Pirnia


Aspen Is Among The Most Ubiquitous Trees In The Rockies. by Bijan Pirnia


Varuna, The Vedic Water God Of India by Bijan Pirnia


Epona, The Mountain Goddess Of Britannia And Gaul by Bijan Pirnia


We Once Had A Cotillion In This Canyon. by Bijan Pirnia


Benzai-ten, The Japanese Goddess Of Water, Music, Wisdom, And The Arts by Bijan Pirnia


Flora, The Roman Goddess Of Flowering Plants by Bijan Pirnia


Almost Tactile by Bijan Pirnia


A Bone-decorated Piece Of History by Bijan Pirnia


A Bone-decorated Piece Of History, Selenium Tone by Bijan Pirnia


Raising Environmental Awareness Is Desideratum. by Bijan Pirnia


A Familiar Motif by Bijan Pirnia


Infrared Refulgence by Bijan Pirnia