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.


As More People Become More Intelligent, They Care Less For Preachers And More For Teachers. by Bijan Pirnia


In Nature, There Are No Rewards Or Punishments. There Are Only Consequences. by Bijan Pirnia


Religion Is The Call To Confront Reality, To Master The Self, Wrote Huston Smith. by Bijan Pirnia


Never Violate The Sacredness Of your Individual Self-respect, Wrote Theodore Parker. by Bijan Pirnia


Loneliness Expresses The Pain Of Being Alone. Solitude Expresses The Glory Of Being Alone. by Bijan Pirnia


The Man Who Does Not Do His Own Thinking Is A Slave, Wrote Robert Ingersoll. by Bijan Pirnia


To Live Is To Suffer. To Survive Is To Find Some Meaning In Suffering. by Bijan Pirnia


Mother Nature's Swanky Style by Bijan Pirnia


The Art Of Topiary by Bijan Pirnia


If All Time Is Eternally Present, All Time Is Unredeemable. by Bijan Pirnia


Time Past And Time Future Are Both Perhaps Time Present. by Bijan Pirnia


Be Careless In Your Dress If You Must, But Keep A Tidy Soul. by Bijan Pirnia


When You Fish For Love, Bait With Your Heart Not Your Brain. by Bijan Pirnia


The Biggest Human Temptation Is To Settle For Too Little. by Bijan Pirnia


Goodness Is The Only Investment That Never Fails. by Bijan Pirnia


Truths And Roses Have Thorns About Them, Wrote Henry David Thoreau. by Bijan Pirnia


I Cannot Imagine A God Who Is A Reflection Of Human Frailty. by Bijan Pirnia


Science Gives Us Knowledge, But Only Philosophy Can Give Us Wisdom. by Bijan Pirnia


The Very Ink With Which History Is Written Is Merely Fluid Prejudice. by Bijan Pirnia


Whenever You Find Yourself On The Side Of The Majority, It Is Time To Pause And Reflect. by Bijan Pirnia


Courage Is Resistance To Fear, The Mastery Of Fear, Not The Absence Of Fear. by Bijan Pirnia


Art Enables Us To Find Ourselves And Lose Ourselves At The Same Time. by Bijan Pirnia


Shallow Men Believe In Luck. Strong Men Believe In Cause And Effect. by Bijan Pirnia


The Difference Between Fiction And Reality Is That Fiction Has To Make Sense. by Bijan Pirnia


Be Slow Of Tongue And Quick Of Mind. by Bijan Pirnia


Happiness Is Not A Matter Of Intensity But Of Balance, Order, Rhythm, And Harmony. by Bijan Pirnia


It Is One Of The Blerssings Of Old Friends That You Can Afford To Be Stupid With Them. by Bijan Pirnia


Pursue Some Path In Which You Can Walk With Love And Reverence. by Bijan Pirnia


Thanksgiving Is Not A Time Of Year. It's A State Of Mind. by Bijan Pirnia


Science Is Analytical Description. Philosophy Is Synthetic Interpretation. by Bijan Pirnia


Every Science Begins As Philosophy And Ends As Art, Wrote Will Durant. by Bijan Pirnia


The Search For Truth Is Incomparably More Noble Than The Lust For The Dross Of The world. by Bijan Pirnia


Built In 1867, Lee Chapel Is A National Historic Landmark. by Bijan Pirnia


Lee Chapel On The Campus Of Washington And Lee University In Lexington, Virginia by Bijan Pirnia


The Confederate General, Robert E. Lee And His Family Are Buried In The Basement Of This Building. by Bijan Pirnia


President George Washington Made A 20,000-dollar Donation To This University in 1796. by Bijan Pirnia


Washington And Lee University Has A Student Body Of About 2400. by Bijan Pirnia


Washington And Lee University In Lexington, Virginia Was Founded In 1749. by Bijan Pirnia


Washington And Lee University Is The Ninth Oldest Institution Of Higher Learning In The U.S. by Bijan Pirnia


Washington And Lee University Is Named After George Washington And Robert E. Lee. by Bijan Pirnia


The World As Will And Representation, Wrote The German Philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer. by Bijan Pirnia


It's 8500 Feet Above Sea Level. Some 7500 Souls Call It Home. by Bijan Pirnia


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


Arcas Is The King Of Arcadia, The Home Of God Pan. by Bijan Pirnia


Lexington Sunset by Bijan Pirnia


A January Sunrise Behind The Siamese Twins by Bijan Pirnia


Hey, Get The Hell Out 'o There. That's My Grub. by Bijan Pirnia


The Everlasting Smooch Silhouetted by Bijan Pirnia