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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

 

Surrender To The Infinite, Unbounded, Pure Consciousness by Bijan Pirnia

 

Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear. by Bijan Pirnia

 

It Crepitates As Soon As It Explodes In Mid Air. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Each Hole In The Background Rock Is An Avian Domicile. by Bijan Pirnia

 

One Orifice For Every Pigeon That Wishes To Build A Nest by Bijan Pirnia

 

Full Of Lacunae by Bijan Pirnia

 

How About A Hunk 'O Swiss Cheese ? by Bijan Pirnia

 

Frore H2O by Bijan Pirnia

 

One Of Countless Reasons I Love Winter by Bijan Pirnia

 

An Example Of Etiolated Nostalgia by Bijan Pirnia

 

The World Is Not Comprehensible, But It Is Embraceable, Wrote The German Philosopher, Martin Buber. by Bijan Pirnia

 

TERRA Is Latin For Earth. by Bijan Pirnia

 

AURUM Is Latin For Gold. by Bijan Pirnia

 

VIRIDIS Is Latin For Green. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Our Majestic, Opalescent Colorado, Like No Other Place On Earth by Bijan Pirnia

 

There's A Plenitude Of Awe-inspiring Rock Formations In Colorado. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Deliciously Abyssal Mystery Of Creation by Bijan Pirnia

 

Osculating Camels by Bijan Pirnia

 

Helen Hunt Jackson Was The Erudite Lass After Whom This Waterfall Was Named. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Mountains, When High Enough And Tough Enough, Measure Men. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Pinnacle That Towers Above It All by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Bad New Is Nothing Lasts Forever. The Good News Is Nothing Lasts Forever. Welcome to Paradox. by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Steep Grade by Bijan Pirnia

 

True Love Is Not About Romance. It's About Seeing Perfection In All That Is Imperfect. by Bijan Pirnia

 

THE SOUL IS SYMPHONIC, Wrote Saint Hildegard Von Bingen, The 12th Century German Abbess. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Clammy Feeling Of Heavy, Slushy Snow In Springtime by Bijan Pirnia

 

A Factitious Bridge In A Natural Environment by Bijan Pirnia

 

Bruma Is Latin For Winter. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Brumal Purity And Serenity by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Dark Night Of The Soul Is A Journey From Darkness To Your Latent Inner Strength. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Anthousai, The Greek Flower Nymphs by Bijan Pirnia

 

Beguiled By The Charm Of A Bygone Era, Selenium Tone by Bijan Pirnia

 

Beguiled By The Charm Of A Bygone Era by Bijan Pirnia

 

Multi-tined Antlers Galore, Selenium Tone by Bijan Pirnia

 

Multi-tined Antlers Galore by Bijan Pirnia

 

A surfeit Of Greenery by Bijan Pirnia

 

Aspens Put On Their Annual Toggery Beginning In May. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Such A Majestic World To Photograph, So Little Time. Our Lives Are So Ephemeral. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Ariana, The Greek Goddess Of Colors And Emotions by Bijan Pirnia

 

Water Is Icy Cold Year Round At Timberline, 11500 feet, 3505 meters Above Sea Level by Bijan Pirnia

 

Lave Your Limb In This Lake. by Bijan Pirnia

 

Indigo In Nature by Bijan Pirnia

 

Home Sweet Hometown Bathed In The Glow Of The Super Moon by Bijan Pirnia

 

Immured Within Cliffs by Bijan Pirnia

 

Clota, The Celtic Goddess Of The River Clyde by Bijan Pirnia

 

Mother Earth Is Busy Titivating Herself In Springtime. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Sublime Beauty That Ensorcells The Soul. by Bijan Pirnia

 

The Face That Is Etched In Stone For Perpetuity by Bijan Pirnia