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.


All The Livelong Day by Bijan Pirnia


Lacus Is Latin For Lake Or Basin Or Pool. by Bijan Pirnia


A Cerulean Pond Reflecting An Equally Cerulean Sky by Bijan Pirnia


Rapt With Joy At The Presence Of Such Splendor by Bijan Pirnia


The Pleasant Surprise Of Serendipity by Bijan Pirnia


Hear The Falling Of Rain. See Green. It's Called Synesthesia. by Bijan Pirnia


Life Shrinks Or Expands In Proportion To One's Courage. by Bijan Pirnia


The Ancient Roman Festival Of Floralia Was Held In Honor Of Flora, The Goddess Of Flowers. by Bijan Pirnia


Raise Your Words Not Your Voice. It Is Silent Rain, Not Thunder, That Grows Flowers. by Bijan Pirnia


Living In A State Of Gratitude Is The Gateway To Grace. by Bijan Pirnia


Buttercup Flowers Blooming Along Soda Creek In Idaho Springs, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Prima Facie by Bijan Pirnia


Happiness Emanates From Within. It's An Inside Job. by Bijan Pirnia


We All Must Chose Between Superficial Attachments And Genuine Happiness. by Bijan Pirnia


Anthos Is Greek For Flower. by Bijan Pirnia


My Favorite Hindu Prayer Begins With The Line Oh Thou Before Whom All Words Recoil. by Bijan Pirnia


Colorado's 42 State Parks Host Some 14 Million Visitors Each Year. by Bijan Pirnia


A Wraith Of Smoke Shortly After A Forest Fire Is Extinguished by Bijan Pirnia


Silva Is Latin For Forest. by Bijan Pirnia


Chartreuse Aspen Leaves In Mid May by Bijan Pirnia


Terra Cotta Is Included. by Bijan Pirnia


The Crepuscular Sky by Bijan Pirnia


The First Step Toward Philosophy Is Incredulity, Wrote Denis Diderot, The French Philosopher by Bijan Pirnia


Philosophy Is The Love Of Wisdom. It Is Not Idle Speculation About The Mystery Of Life. by Bijan Pirnia


Anodyne For The Soul In Evergreen, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Eunomia, Dyke, And Irene Are The Greek Goddesses Of The Natural Order. by Bijan Pirnia


Ramus Is Latin For Branch. by Bijan Pirnia


Here's A City Park That Is Seething With People Almost Year Round. by Bijan Pirnia


The Sweet Perfume Of Mother Nature Emanates From Lilacs. by Bijan Pirnia


The United States Is Blessed With 154 National Forests Totaling 188,300,000 Acres. by Bijan Pirnia


Pike National Forest Is 1,100,000 Acres Or 4400 Square Kilometers. by Bijan Pirnia


Treasure Falls Is One Of Colorado's Priceless Treasures. by Bijan Pirnia


A Much-Vaunted City Park by Bijan Pirnia


A Melange Of Colors And Shapes by Bijan Pirnia


Green And Viridian Both by Bijan Pirnia


Resembles The Hadrian's Wall by Bijan Pirnia


Change Is Hard At First, Messy In The Middle, And Gorgeous At The End. by Bijan Pirnia


For God So Loved The World That He Created Mountains. by Bijan Pirnia


All It Needs Now Is A Volute. by Bijan Pirnia


Uzume, The Japanese Goddess Of Joy And Happiness Is The Daughter Of Heaven. by Bijan Pirnia


Nature Offers Boundless Wisdom To The Perspicacious Observer. by Bijan Pirnia


Life Has No Limitations Except For The Ones You Make, Wrote Les Brown. by Bijan Pirnia


Sing A Doxology In Praise Of Something So Sacred. by Bijan Pirnia


The Happiest People Don't Have The Best Of Everything. They Just Make The Best Of Everything. by Bijan Pirnia


It's Not How Big The House Is. It's How Happy The Home Is. by Bijan Pirnia


No Regrets, Just Lessons Learned by Bijan Pirnia


Roots And Wings 9, Carved Out Of A Dead Tree By Scott Alan Malinsky In Twin Lakes, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia


Roots And Wings 8, Carved Out Of A Dead Tree By Scott Alan Malinsky In Twin Lakes, Colorado by Bijan Pirnia