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.


Until One Has Loved An Animal, A Part Of One's Soul Remains Unawakened. by Bijan Pirnia


Remembrance Of Things Past Is Not Necessarily The Remembrance Of Things As They Were. by Bijan Pirnia


Memory Believes Before Knowing Remembers, Wrote William Faulkner. by Bijan Pirnia


A Choo Choo Chug Train For People Of All Ages by Bijan Pirnia


A Winsome Piece Of History by Bijan Pirnia


A Sterling Workmanship by Bijan Pirnia


A Wistful Reminder Of A Distant Past That Is Quickly Rolling Away by Bijan Pirnia


It Goes With The Self-explanatory Locomotive Shot. by Bijan Pirnia


Self-explanatory by Bijan Pirnia


The International Snow-sculpting Festival In Breckenridge, Colorado E by Bijan Pirnia


The International Snow-sculpting Festival In Breckenridge, Colorado D by Bijan Pirnia


Osseous Matter by Bijan Pirnia


Os Is Latin For Bone. by Bijan Pirnia


The International Snow-sculpting Festival In Breckenridge, Colorado C by Bijan Pirnia


The International Snow-sculpting Festival In Breckenridge, Colorado B by Bijan Pirnia


The International Snow-sculpting Festival In Breckenridge, Colorado A by Bijan Pirnia


An Example Of Etiolated Nostalgia 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


Indigo In Nature by Bijan Pirnia


The Surprising And Welcome Apparition Of Fog In Colorado High Country by Bijan Pirnia


Elan Vital, The Immanent Impulse That Vibrates In All Sentient Beings by Bijan Pirnia


Sarpandit, Meaning Silver Shining, Is The Sumerian Pregnant Goddess Of Moonrise. by Bijan Pirnia


Frozen Beauty AKA Ice Is Nice by Bijan Pirnia


Smoke-filled Sky by Bijan Pirnia


Yemaya Is The African-carribean River Goddess. She's Stella Maris Or The Star Of The Sea. by Bijan Pirnia


Cutie In The Sky by Bijan Pirnia


Labor Day Celebration Reflection by Bijan Pirnia


Ice Under The Bridge by Bijan Pirnia


A Tree Is An Object Of Beauty XIX by Bijan Pirnia


A Historical Vignette Of Our Neck Of The Woods Dating Back to 1878. by Bijan Pirnia


Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone. by Bijan Pirnia


If You Change The Way You Look At Things, The Things You Look At Will Change. by Bijan Pirnia


Most Of The Shadows Of This Life Are Caused By Standing In Our Own Sunshine. by Bijan Pirnia


When I'm Writing, I'm Never Trying To Teach Anything. Maybe I'm Trying To Illuminate. by Bijan Pirnia


Any Great Art Is Meant To Illuminate The Human Condition. by Bijan Pirnia


A Historical Treasure Bequeathed To Us By Our Forefathers, Centennial Mill, Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


It Goes With Centennial Mill Shot. by Bijan Pirnia


It's One Of The Last Remnants Of The Mining Heyday, Centennial Mill, Georgetown, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


It Was Once Quite Utilitarian. by Bijan Pirnia


The Description That Goes With The Woodland Park Wagon Photo by Bijan Pirnia


Woodland Park, Colorado, The City Above The Clouds, Elevation 8500 Feet, 2590 Meters Above Sea Level by Bijan Pirnia


A Historic Train Car Turned Into A Restaurant In Cripple Creek, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Lily Was One Of The Symbols Of The Roman Goddess Venus. by Bijan Pirnia


The Mountain Town Of Ouray In Southern Colorado, elevation 7800 ft. population 1100 by Bijan Pirnia


An Artist Is A Dreamer Consenting To Dream Of The Actual World. by Bijan Pirnia


Truth Will Set You Free, But First, It'll Make You Angry. by Bijan Pirnia


Jealousy Is The Grave Of Affection. by Bijan Pirnia