Bijan Pirnia

 
 
 

0

0

0

0

0

 
 
Bijan Pirnia

Bijan Pirnia

Manitou Springs, CO

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
StumbleUpon
Pinterest

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

 

Every Human Being Has An Inherent Dignity. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Photogenic Purlieu Of Our Home, Sweet Hometown by Bijan Pirnia

 

Scott Gomer Creek Meandering Through Bosky Meadows by Bijan Pirnia

 

Nature Photography As A Lever To Promote Environmental Awareness by Bijan Pirnia

 

It's Called Campaign Contribution, But It's Institutionalized Corruption. Either Way, It Stinks. by Bijan Pirnia

 

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

 

Make Peace With Yourself, And Both Heaven 'n Earth Will Make Peace With You. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Shopping Is Much More American Than Thinking, Wrote Andy Warhole. by Bijan Pirnia

 

She Showed Her True Mettle For Many Years. ADELINE HORNBECK Homestead, Florissant, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

Not Exactly Xanadu But Fairly Close by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Price Good Men Pay For Indifference To Public Affairs Is To Be Ruled By Evil Men. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Alpine Vale Reflection by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Sanctity Of Nature Reified Through A Photographic Image by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Leaves That Will Become The Essential Component Of Soil Called Humus by Bijan Pirnia

 

Historic Maxwell House, Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Historical Treasure Constructed In 1870, Maxwell House, Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

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

 

Solitude Is The Place Of Purification, Wrote The German Theologian Martin Buber. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Perpend On This. Love Is The Nexus That Binds Us To Each Other And To The Rest Of Creation. by Bijan Pirnia

 

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

 

We Have Reached A New Cultural Low If Reality Television Is Regarded As Pablum For The Masses. by Bijan Pirnia

 

An Ersatz Hatch Door by Bijan Pirnia

 

Elegantly Simple, Simply Elegant by Bijan Pirnia

 

No Doodads Here, Just Elegant Simplicity by Bijan Pirnia

 

Today Is December The 25th. Happy Saturnalia by Bijan Pirnia

 

Helios, The Hellenic Sun God by Bijan Pirnia

 

Cleome by Bijan Pirnia

 

Our Lady Of Guadalupe In The Colorado Rockies by Bijan Pirnia

 

Shooting Southwest by Bijan Pirnia

 

Thunderheads To The North by Bijan Pirnia

 

Growing Next To The Highway by Bijan Pirnia

 

Columbine In The Canyon by Bijan Pirnia

 

Christmas Cactus by Bijan Pirnia

 

Just A Stone Throw From The Arapahoe Basin Ski Area In White River National Forest, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia

 

This Is What We Mean When We Say In The Middle Of Nowhere. It Happens To Be In Keystone, Colorado. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Our Gorgeous State Flower, Colorado Columbine by Bijan Pirnia

 

Our State Flower Is Under Legal Protection. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Take Charge Of Your Life. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Citizens United Case Was A Disaster For Our Secular Pluralistic Republic. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Profundity Of Maya Angelou On Display Here by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Line Dividing Good And Evil Cuts Through The Heart Of Every Human Being. by Bijan Pirnia

 

God Is Truth, Wrote Mahatma Gandhi. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Pabst Blue Ribbon Canoes Mural In Salida, Colorado, By Bill Hudson, 2013 by Bijan Pirnia

 

Colorado Is Stunningly Beautiful. Here's One Example Among Countless Others. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Avian Couple Taking Care Of The Kids On Lake Broadmoor 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

 

It Reflects The Equanimity Of An Illuminated Mind. by Bijan Pirnia