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Bijan Pirnia

Bijan Pirnia

Manitou Springs, CO

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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.
joy
Bijan

 

What Lies Behind Us And Ahead Of Us Are Tiny Matters Compared To What Lives Within Us. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Live In The Present. Find Your Eternity In Each Moment, Wrote Henry David Thoreau. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Evanescent Beauty by Bijan Pirnia

 

Under Every Grief And Pine, Runs A Joy With Silken Twine, Wrote William Blake. by Bijan Pirnia

 

An Aureole Of Sanctity by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Ablution Solution by Bijan Pirnia

 

Insouciant Days Of Youth by Bijan Pirnia

 

Muluku, The African Creator God by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Month Of March Is Named After The Roman God Mars. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Pay Obeisance To What Is Sacred. by Bijan Pirnia

 

You Cannot Do An Act Of Kindness Too Soon For You Never Know How Soon It'll Be Too Late. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Only Way To Have A Friend Is To Be One, Wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Forgiveness Is Not A Gift To Someone Else. It's A Gift To Yourself. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Wealth Is The Ability To Fully Experience Life. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Asase Ya, The African Earth Goddess Of Fertility by Bijan Pirnia

 

Aganju, The African God Of Rivers, Wilderness, And Volcanos by Bijan Pirnia

 

Sometimes You Have To Give Up On People Not Because You Don't Care But Because They Don't. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Art Of Being Wise Is The Art Of Knowing What To Overlook. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Not Until We Are Lost Do We Begin To Understand Ourselves. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Life Is Not Happening To You. Life Is Responding To You. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Predilection For Aesthetics by Bijan Pirnia

 

If You Cannot Find Peace Within Yourself, You Will Never Find It Anywhere Else. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Mother Nature's Sweet Perfume Wafting In The Air In Our Beloved Canyon by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Clement Autumn Day by Bijan Pirnia

 

It's A Hillock. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Splendere Is Latin For Shining Brightly. Strong Mine, est.1892. Victor, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Mass Of Men Lead Lives Of Quiet Desperation, Wrote Henry David Thoreau. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Kindness Is The Language That The Deaf Can Hear And The Blind Can See. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Love Of Beauty Is Taste. The Creation Of Beauty Is Art. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Consciousness, Not Matter, Is The Substance Of The Universe. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The World Is But A Canvas To Our Imagination, Wrote Henry David Thoreau by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Language Of Friendship Is Not Words But Meaning. by Bijan Pirnia

 

When Old Words Die Out On The Tongue, New Melodies Break Forth From The Heart. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Flowers Are A Proud Assertion That A Ray Of Beauty Out-values All The Utilities Of The World. by Bijan Pirnia

 

When The Power Of Love Overcomes The Love Of Power, The World Will Know Peace. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Trees Sway With The Breath Of Mother Earth. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything Is Accomplished. by Bijan Pirnia

 

We Decorate Space With Art And Silence With Music. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Historic Charlie Tayler Waterwheel, Idaho Springs, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Happiness Is Not To Be Found In Acquiring More But Appreciating More. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Early Morning, The Hour Of The Chanticleer by Bijan Pirnia

 

Acknowledging The Good You Already Have In Life Is The Foundation Of Abundance. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Silence And Solitude Sharpen The Awareness Of Your Surroundings. by Bijan Pirnia

 

I'm No Pollyanna, But I Do Believer Nature Is Sacred. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Pictorial Trope by Bijan Pirnia

 

Sweet Is The Breath Of Vernal Shower. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Soon It Will Overwinter. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Aspens Form An Elaborate Root System Ramifying Throughout A Large Area. by Bijan Pirnia