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 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 Superficial, 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


The Skyscraper That Towers Over My Hometown Reaches The Clouds At 14115 Feet Above Sea Level. by Bijan Pirnia


Wherever There's A Human Being, There's An Opportunity For Kindness, Wrote Seneca. by Bijan Pirnia


You Can't Depend On Your Eyes When Your Imagination Is Out Of Focus, Wrote Mark Twain. by Bijan Pirnia


Our Lady Of Guadalupe In The Colorado Rockies by Bijan Pirnia


The Beauty That Takes Your Breath Away And Leaves You Speechless. That's Colorado. by Bijan Pirnia


Growing Next To The Highway by Bijan Pirnia


Columbine In The Canyon by Bijan Pirnia


You Do Not Choose Your Destiny. It Chooses You. by Bijan Pirnia


People Are Not Prisoners Of Fate, But Only Prisoners Of Their Own Minds. by Bijan Pirnia


Diminutive Charm Of Trees by Bijan Pirnia


The Illuminated Saint Nick. by Bijan Pirnia


Ahhh, Isn't She Cute by Bijan Pirnia


A Pumpkin Shall Be Born by Bijan Pirnia


Nearby Canyon by Bijan Pirnia


The Beauty Of Summer by Bijan Pirnia


When You Need Someone To Belive In, Start With Yourself. by Bijan Pirnia


Happy People Build Their Inner World. Unhappy People Blame Their Outer World. by Bijan Pirnia


Strong Minds Discuss Ideas. Average Minds Discuss Events. Weak Minds Discuss People. by Bijan Pirnia


Now And Then, It's Good To Pause In Our Pursuit Of Happiness And Just Be Happy. by Bijan Pirnia


Ah, The Joy Of Peregrinating The Mountains And Valleys Of Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


The Uppity Place For The Yuppie, The Boutique At The Broadmoor by Bijan Pirnia


Sisters Playing Hide 'n Seek In Front Of The World-famous Broadmoor Hotel In Colorado Springs by Bijan Pirnia


Lady Lily Enjoying The Bloom Of Her Youth by Bijan Pirnia


Darth Vader And Yoda Paid Us A Visit All The Way From Gemany by Bijan Pirnia


Anterior To The Arrival Of All Other Flowers by Bijan Pirnia


One Of The Many Elysian Fields Of The Colorado Rockies by Bijan Pirnia


An Asterisk Christmas Decoration On The Headframe Of A Historic Gold Mine In Cripple Creek, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Old-fangled Jalopy by Bijan Pirnia


Stop The Habit Of Wishful Thinking And Start The Habit Of Thoughtful Wishes. by Bijan Pirnia


In Native American Lore, Magpie Is Considered To Be The Trickster Bird. by Bijan Pirnia


When The Bird And The Book Disagree, Always Belive The Bird. by Bijan Pirnia


The Hikers In The Interstice Between The Two Tunnels by Bijan Pirnia


It's Easier To Fool People Than To Convince Them They've Been Fooled, Wrote Mark Twain. by Bijan Pirnia


Things Turn Out The Best For Those Who Make The Best Of The Way Things Turn Out. by Bijan Pirnia


No Legacy Is So Rich As Honesty, Wrote William Shakespeare. by Bijan Pirnia