Earth. Water. Sky @ Sutra Gallery

Although not a fan of black & white, Eric Peris' photographs offer a contemplative view into a historical locale, that reminds the city boy in me, of a laborious industry that lies not far away. Horizontal planes that depict the elements of earth, water, and sky, are apparent in these 20+ year-old pictures, showing a desire to maintain a compositional balance. The exception is an interior shot of a kampung house in Kedah, where sunlight streams through rectangular windows, to illuminate glossy floor planks. The poetic prose that accompanies each picture, marks the photographer as one who empathises with nature, but does not romanticises it. I do not expect an accomplished and celebrated artist to switch styles, but it is tempting to imagine these photographs coloured, especially if tinted by Eric Peris' hand.

Langgar, Alor Setar, Kedah, 1984
"Windows bring to light, a kampung's landscape, Yet, each reveals all"

"First showers quench not,  Rice fields thirst for more, The clouds gather"
Sekinchan, Selangor, 1983