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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

 

The Mansuetude Of Salubrious Mountain Air by Bijan Pirnia

 

Mani, The Germanic God Of The Moon by Bijan Pirnia

 

An August Presence by Bijan Pirnia

 

Scamander, The River Of Troy In Anatolia by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Gyrations Contained In A Current by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Shady Sylvan Glade by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Athenian Month Of Anthesterion, Our February / March Is When Crocus Blooms. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Photography As A Passion Not A Parergon by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Salient Feature Of A World-famous Garden by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Sacred Purlieu Called Garden Of The Gods by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Scion Of A Nobel Family Donated This Park To The City in 1909. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Kodama, The Japanese Spirits That Inhabit Trees by Bijan Pirnia

 

An Arboreal Window by Bijan Pirnia

 

Serotinal Blooming by Bijan Pirnia

 

Anterior To The Arrival Of All Other Flowers by Bijan Pirnia

 

Behold, Tis The Season Of Crocus. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Art For A Noble Purpose Should Be The Primary Rubric. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Latin Phrase Nil Sine Numine, Nothing Without Providence, Is Colorado's Official Motto. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Sylvan Tranquility by Bijan Pirnia

 

Purity Is The Hallmark Of Snow. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Lofty Summit Aspiring Towards The Heavens by Bijan Pirnia

 

Sanctity Of Nature, The Impetus Behind My Photography by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Cloudland Of The Central Rockies Of Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Down In The Valley Lies The Highest City In North America. Leadville, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Micro Photography, The Love Of My Life by Bijan Pirnia

 

Iris XIX by Bijan Pirnia

 

Lily X by Bijan Pirnia

 

Frozen Beauty AKA Ice Is Nice by Bijan Pirnia

 

Nudging An Aspen by Bijan Pirnia

 

Eos, The Greek Goddess Of The Dawn by Bijan Pirnia

 

Balanced Precariously by Bijan Pirnia

 

Snapdragons Are So Snappy. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Stand Out In The Crowd. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Cutie In The Sky by Bijan Pirnia

 

Labor Day Celebration Reflection by Bijan Pirnia

 

Azalea B by Bijan Pirnia

 

Frozen Beauty AKA Ice Is Nice XI by Bijan Pirnia

 

Smoke-filled Sky by Bijan Pirnia

 

Just A Breath Away From Heaven by Bijan Pirnia

 

Frozen Beauty AKA Ice Is Nice III by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Tree Is An Object Of Beauty II by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Tree Is An Object Of Beauty XII by Bijan Pirnia

 

Carpophore by Bijan Pirnia

 

Crazy About Cloud Formations by Bijan Pirnia

 

The License Plate Wall Of Fame In Saint Elmo, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Every State In The Union Is Represented Here. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Such Exquisite Pallet by Bijan Pirnia

 

No Need To Gild The Lily. It's Perfect Just The Way It Is. by Bijan Pirnia