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.


Diana, The Roman Goddess Of The Moon by Bijan Pirnia


Such Beauty by Bijan Pirnia


Iris XXXIII by Bijan Pirnia


Nearly 2 Million People Rollick In This World-famous City Park Every Year. by Bijan Pirnia


Christmas Is Based On The Ancient Roman Celebration Of Saturnalia. by Bijan Pirnia


Cherished Memories Of Christmas In A World-famous Hotel by Bijan Pirnia


Would Somebody Explain To Me How A Fox Can Wear Gloves ? by Bijan Pirnia


The City Park We Love. It's Nestled Right Against The Mountains. by Bijan Pirnia


Oh, They're Just Jiving. by Bijan Pirnia


Mr. And Mrs. Halloween Are Hashing Out Some New Ideas In Manitou Springs, Colorado. by Bijan Pirnia


Our Lives Always Express The Result Of Our Dominant Thoughts, Wrote Kierkegaard. by Bijan Pirnia


Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities. by Bijan Pirnia


Imagination Is Intelligence Running Wild And Having Fun. by Bijan Pirnia


on the west side by Bijan Pirnia


An Aureole Of Sublime Beauty by Bijan Pirnia


A Tree Is An Object Of Beauty VII by Bijan Pirnia


Iris XXXV by Bijan Pirnia


The One That Stands Out by Bijan Pirnia


Positioned Just Right by Bijan Pirnia


Incandescent Branches by Bijan Pirnia


We Get Most Of Our Snow In March, April, And May, Not In The Dead Of Winter. by Bijan Pirnia


Snapdragons Are So Snappy. by Bijan Pirnia


Stand Out In The Crowd. by Bijan Pirnia


A Tree Is An Object Of Beauty XII by Bijan Pirnia


Nudging An Aspen by Bijan Pirnia


The Silhouetted Witch by Bijan Pirnia


Epona, The Mountain Goddess Of Britannia And Gaul by Bijan Pirnia


Iris, The Greek Goddess Of Sea, Sky, And Rainbow by Bijan Pirnia


Adroa, The Creator God Of Uganda by Bijan Pirnia


Barn Excelsior In Buena Vista, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Love Is Not Only Letting Go But Also Letting Grow. by Bijan Pirnia


Were It Not For Love, Poor Life Would Be A Ship Not Worth Launching. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Grows By Giving. The Love We Give Away Is The Only Love We Keep. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is No Fear In Love. Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. 1 John 4,18 by Bijan Pirnia


Love Is Like A Glass That Shatters If You Hold It Too Tightly Or Too Loosely. by Bijan Pirnia


It's Love, Not Money, That Makes You Rich. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is No Soul That Does Not Respond To Love, For The Soul Of Man Has Gone Hungry For Centuries. by Bijan Pirnia


The First Duty Of Love Is To Listen. by Bijan Pirnia


One Forgives To The Degree That One Loves. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Looks Not With The Eyes, But With The Heart, Wrote William Shakespeare. by Bijan Pirnia


I Love You, Not Only For What You Are, But For What I Am When I Am With You. by Bijan Pirnia


Life Ain't No Fairytale. If You Lose Your Shoe At Midnight, You're Drunk. You Ain't No Cinderella. by Bijan Pirnia


The Slavic Goddess Lada Is Known As The Lady Of Flowers. by Bijan Pirnia


The Course Of True Love Never Did Run Smooth, Wrote Shakespeare. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is No Heaven Like Mutual Love, Wrote George Granville. by Bijan Pirnia


A Pennyweight Of Love Is Worth A Pound Of Law. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is Only One Supreme Happiness In Life, To Love And Be Loved. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Is More Just Than Justice, Wrote Henry Ward Beecher. by Bijan Pirnia