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.


A Loving Heart Is The Beginning Of All Knowledge. by Bijan Pirnia


Yesterday's Hurt Is Today's Understanding Woven Into Tomorrow's Love. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Is Love's Reward, Wrote John Dryden. by Bijan Pirnia


To Love Abundantly Is To Live Abundantly, And To Love Forever Is To Live Forever. by Bijan Pirnia


You Have Achieved Success If You Have Lived Well, Laughed Often, And Loved Much. by Bijan Pirnia


It Is Sad Not To Be Loved, But It Is Much Sadder Not To Be Able To Love. by Bijan Pirnia


Friendship Is A Habitual Inclination In Two Persons To Promote The Happiness Of One Another. by Bijan Pirnia


It Is The Nature Of Love To Work In A Thousand Different Ways. by Bijan Pirnia


To Love And Be Loved Is To Feel The Sun From Both Sides. by Bijan Pirnia


The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen Or Touched. They Must Be Felt With The Heart. by Bijan Pirnia


When Silence Speaks For Love, She Has Much To Say, Wrote Richard Garnett. by Bijan Pirnia


Love Is A Powerful Noun, But An Even Stronger Verb. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is No Greater Invitation To Love Than In Loving First. by Bijan Pirnia


The Giving Of Love Is An Education In Itself, Wrote Eleanor Roosevelt. by Bijan Pirnia


At The Center Of Non-violence Stands The Principle Of Love, Wrote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Bijan Pirnia


There Is No Love That Does Not Become Help, Wrote Paul Tillich. by Bijan Pirnia


As Selfishness And Complaint Crowd The Mind, So Love With Its Joy Clears And Sharpens The Vision. by Bijan Pirnia


A Friendship That Like Love Is Warm. A Love Like Friendship, Steady by Bijan Pirnia


It Is Love, Not Reason, That Is Stronger Than Death. by Bijan Pirnia


A Love Song Is Just A Caress Set To Music. by Bijan Pirnia


The Power Of Love Makes The Blind Man See And The Cynic Believe. by Bijan Pirnia


The Supreme Happiness In Life Is The Conviction That We Are Loved. by Bijan Pirnia


They Are The True Disciples Of Christ, Not Who Know Most, But Who Love Most. by Bijan Pirnia


Adopt The Pace Of Nature. Her Secret Is Patience, Wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. by Bijan Pirnia


Though We Travel The World Over To Find The Beautiful, We Must Carry It Within Us Or We Find It Not. by Bijan Pirnia


Success Usually Comes To Those Who Are Too Busy To Be Looking For It. by Bijan Pirnia


What Lies Behind Us And Ahead Of Us Are Tiny Matters Compared To What Lives Within Us. by Bijan Pirnia


Live In The Present. Find Your Eternity In Each Moment, Wrote Henry David Thoreau. by Bijan Pirnia


Evanescent Beauty by Bijan Pirnia


Under Every Grief And Pine, Runs A Joy With Silken Twine, Wrote William Blake. by Bijan Pirnia


An Aureole Of Sanctity by Bijan Pirnia


The Ablution Solution by Bijan Pirnia


The Insouciant Days Of Youth by Bijan Pirnia


Muluku, The African Creator God by Bijan Pirnia


The Month Of March Is Named After The Roman God Mars. by Bijan Pirnia


Pay Obeisance To What Is Sacred. by Bijan Pirnia


You Cannot Do An Act Of Kindness Too Soon For You Never Know How Soon It'll Be Too Late. by Bijan Pirnia


The Only Way To Have A Friend Is To Be One, Wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. by Bijan Pirnia


Forgiveness Is Not A Gift To Someone Else. It's A Gift To Yourself. by Bijan Pirnia


Wealth Is The Ability To Fully Experience Life. by Bijan Pirnia


Asase Ya, The African Earth Goddess Of Fertility by Bijan Pirnia


Aganju, The African God Of Rivers, Wilderness, And Volcanos by Bijan Pirnia


Sometimes You Have To Give Up On People Not Because You Don't Care But Because They Don't. by Bijan Pirnia


The Art Of Being Wise Is The Art Of Knowing What To Overlook. by Bijan Pirnia


Not Until We Are Lost Do We Begin To Understand Ourselves. by Bijan Pirnia


Life Is Not Happening To You. Life Is Responding To You. by Bijan Pirnia


A Predilection For Aesthetics by Bijan Pirnia


If You Cannot Find Peace Within Yourself, You Will Never Find It Anywhere Else. by Bijan Pirnia