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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

 

Hella, The Norse And Teutonic Queen Of The Underworld by Bijan Pirnia

 

Augustus Is Latin For Consecrated Or Venerable. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Philosopher Has Never Killed A Priest Whereas The Priest Has Killed Many A Philosopher. by Bijan Pirnia

 

From Fanaticism To Barbarism Is Only One Step. by Bijan Pirnia

 

At Your Funeral, Nobody Will Praise You For Your Possessions. Don't Make Life About Stuff. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Making A Living Is Not The Same As Making A Life. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Death Leaves A Heartache No One Can Heal. Love Leaves A Memory No One Can Steal. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Luscious With Brilliant Colors by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Sacred Garden Ab Ovo by Bijan Pirnia

 

Superlative Grandeur by Bijan Pirnia

 

If You Don't Live Around Here, This May Well Be Terra Incognito. by Bijan Pirnia

 

All The Livelong Day by Bijan Pirnia

 

Lacus Is Latin For Lake Or Basin Or Pool. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Cerulean Pond Reflecting An Equally Cerulean Sky by Bijan Pirnia

 

Rapt With Joy At The Presence Of Such Splendor by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Pleasant Surprise Of Serendipity by Bijan Pirnia

 

Hear The Falling Of Rain. See Green. It's Called Synesthesia. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Life Shrinks Or Expands In Proportion To One's Courage. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Ancient Roman Festival Of Floralia Was Held In Honor Of Flora, The Goddess Of Flowers. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Raise Your Words Not Your Voice. It Is Silent Rain, Not Thunder, That Grows Flowers. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Living In A State Of Gratitude Is The Gateway To Grace. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Buttercup Flowers Blooming Along Soda Creek In Idaho Springs, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Prima Facie by Bijan Pirnia

 

Happiness Emanates From Within. It's An Inside Job. by Bijan Pirnia

 

We All Must Chose Between Superficial Attachments And Genuine Happiness. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Anthos Is Greek For Flower. by Bijan Pirnia

 

My Favorite Hindu Prayer Begins With The Line Oh Thou Before Whom All Words Recoil. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Colorado's 42 State Parks Host Some 14 Million Visitors Each Year. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Wraith Of Smoke Shortly After A Forest Fire Is Extinguished by Bijan Pirnia

 

Silva Is Latin For Forest. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Chartreuse Aspen Leaves In Mid May by Bijan Pirnia

 

Terra Cotta Is Included. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Crepuscular Sky by Bijan Pirnia

 

The First Step Toward Philosophy Is Incredulity, Wrote Denis Diderot, The French Philosopher by Bijan Pirnia

 

Philosophy Is The Love Of Wisdom. It Is Not Idle Speculation About The Mystery Of Life. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Anodyne For The Soul In Evergreen, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Eunomia, Dyke, And Irene Are The Greek Goddesses Of The Natural Order. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Ramus Is Latin For Branch. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Here's A City Park That Is Seething With People Almost Year Round. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Sweet Perfume Of Mother Nature Emanates From Lilacs. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The United States Is Blessed With 154 National Forests Totaling 188,300,000 Acres. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Pike National Forest Is 1,100,000 Acres Or 4400 Square Kilometers. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Treasure Falls Is One Of Colorado's Priceless Treasures. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Etain, Meaning The Shining One, Is The Celtic Goddess Of Love, Transformation, And Rebirth. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Much-Vaunted City Park by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Melange Of Colors And Shapes by Bijan Pirnia

 

Green And Viridian Both by Bijan Pirnia

 

Resembles The Hadrian's Wall by Bijan Pirnia