Buch "If you go you just go"
Buch "If you go you just go" Werner Dornik
Nr: Bindu-10002
If you go, you just go.

Dornik, Werner

120 Seiten, 84 auf mattem Papier gedruckte Farbfotos, einzeln auf 7 verschiedenfärbige Büttenpapiere geklebt, 34 x 45 cm, Auflage nur 777 numerierte und signierte Exemplare, Bad Ischl 1992, bibliophiler handgebundener Einband,

Mit diesem Buch will Werner Dornik seine persönlichen Eindrücke aus Indien weitergeben. Es sind nicht nur die Fotografien, die dem Betrachter nahe bringen, was den Fotografen auf seiner Reise bewegte, es ist das ganze Buch, das mit natürlichen Materialien gestaltet wurde, und es ist die besondere Anordnung der Bilder, die einzeln eingeklebt werden und oftmals wie Bilder vor einer Leinwand oder vor einer Hauswand wirken.
Eine Besonderheit für alle, die aufwendig, liebevoll und durchdacht gestaltete Bücher schätzen, ein Faible für seltene Papiere und buchbinderische Arbeit haben, also ein Buch, wie es einem nur selten im Leben begegnet und dazu ein Band, der nach unserer Einschätzung deutlich mehr wert ist als den Verkaufspreis.

W. Götze, Lindemanns Buchhaltung Stuttgart

Project description for the book


by Werner Dornik

Due to my long involvement in photography I began to look behind the facade of various people. During my trips through first, second and third world countries — even though there exists only one world — I acquired some insight into the global economic and social connections between the continents and the needs of individual people.

I experienced politics through my father`s involvement as a member of the State Parliament but the urge to find the truth was stronger and existed when I was still a child. Through the autodidactic studies of the human disciplines, and my encounters with masters of various religions and philosophies I realized that the way to a changing world will not start through power but has to come through work on my own person. The changes in the world brought about through Nature’s imbalance should lead the individual to examine his own being. This realization cannot be achieved only by knowledge but through feeling resulting from action, so in my work I try to establish a symbiosis of knowledge and feeling.

Through the establishment of the outline for the book it was clear that the stories and photographs should try to convey original truths. Not merely by intellectual form, but through a sensible pictoral-language which utilizes naturalistic and abstract forms in a specific way to offer suggestions for solutions and in a manner in which the viewer can follow it and gain understanding.

The work started five years ago in the south of India after a meeting with the Sadhu Hanuman Giri. I decided to re-visit with him those locations in the Himalaya which had been vitalized by the so-called enlightened of all religions. It also was my intension to take pictures here at the source of all life as well as to capture the magic oscillations, accompanied by the words of the monks sitting at the sources of the Holy Rivers, mostly in caves or trees. I compared this living philosophy of the east with western knowlege, in order to understand the indiscrimination — except in doing and to remove prejudices. For example, I compared it to the Pythagoras-Kepler School which demonstrates the law of nature and the higher interrelatedness between the sciences which poses the principle that all human acting has to be in accordance to the evolution of cosmic occurrence.

This book produced of handmade Indian and Nepalese paper, tries to express those feelings which give the reader the strength to act in harmony with nature and in that way to work aggainst its destruction. With this documentation of my search, with what I've discovered and the resulting changes, I'd like to share the truth that will convince the reader and help to achieve cognition through knowledge and feeling which will lead to action.

That's why, as the book's tells, one that goes should just keep going.

Forword, Emil Werner Schulze

In front of me lie photographs; people look at me from far and strange worlds — people caught on the streets or in the dwellings of their poor Indian or Brazilian homelands, documented in a world of pictures. Poverty, mesery and the illnesses of man and beast grieve the heart of the spectator. "You only see with your heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes." These words of the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry come to me.

In the summer of 1991 I met for the first time the man who had given me these photographs. I had known of him before through a dear friend. However, when I actually stood there in a self-constructed wooden house in the Austrian Sulzbach valley the unlidely consequence of somebody living there with a young family and amidst friends, horses, cows, dog and green grass astonished me highly. It is worth all the comfort and glamour of our modern technical lifestyle. This is taking place right beside Bad Ischl in the Salzkammergut where the Gods stepped down from Olympus to bring luck to human beings. And now these photos; the logical consequence of Werner Dornik living at the edge of paradise lies in his directing his eyes to the damned ones of our world. Looking into his ever questioning eyes the One riding on a donkey blessing the people as a king until he had to carry the cross and was crucified comes to my mind. He "who loves to sit in the beloved surroundings and listen to the silence" also wrote to me that he is often moving and lets "the waters of thought pass by beside him". What beautiful words!

However he is also a fighter! In his deply moving photographic documentation of 1982 "Third class Life — Think on It" (with text of the late Joe Wieser), he is tracing his motives with intellect and sensual creative power. He proves his willingness not only to watch, but to change. He believes in the love in the human being and in the possibilities hat this love can be furthered by work. So again Werner Dornik is working selflessly on another book. It shall be finished at Christmas. I am sure that it will be "poetry with heart" again.

There ist a poster hanging on the wall of my workroom at the high scholl. When I raise my head I face the back of an Indian girl in poor clothing. In plastic jewellery she ist standing on a wall — a witness of old Indian culture. Her head is slighty bowed as if she were listening to something. Her gaze is into the unknown distance. The poto and lettered poster is the announcment of an exhibition "India ri-Velata" Werner Dornik will have in the church Dell'Angelo in the Italian village of Bassano in August 1991. It will contain a balance of past and even future works. With a high ability of perceiving and forming his works Werner Dornikis is both stimulator and terminator of his own thoughts.

In a letter he quotes the poet Hermann Hesse like a credo. He has not chosen this writer by incident as Hermann Hesse was also a painter, designer and illustrator of his own works: Our aims to recognize each other and to learn to see and honour in the other one what he is: the counterpart and completion of the other ....

Peaple such as Werner Dornik and those working and living with him are necessary. I am very glad to be called their friend.

Halle an der Saale, in November 1991

Emil Werner Schulze

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MA of Philosophy and Aesthetics, born1927; working as a diploma illustrator and university lecturer at the High School for Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein, Germany
Preis: 190,00 €