“Each photograph represents a value that is important to me, I will not change my style to make other people happy. We must be able to accept that some people will like it and others will not,” he said. For him, the values in the images should interact with the photographer and tell a story. Peris is also a firm believer in roaming around to get footage instead of waiting for sheer luck. He still travels all over Malaysia finding inspiration and urges others to do the same. “We need to step outside to see life in a different way. You may not be able to see it today but when you travel to the outskirts you tend to appreciate the bounties of nature,” he said. In fact, the hardcore photographer uses public transportation to traverse the countryside, sometimes on trains, sometimes in buses, and other times hitching a ride on bullock carts. Photographers, he added, should take pictures every day, at least 10 frames per day but insisted that they should not overshoot in the age of digital cameras. Guests at the opening were equally inspired including three young women, Rachel Chan, Piaree Rajandran and Siew Sue Ann. Piaree described the exhibition as being local and was duly impressed when she found out Peris’ age. Chan said they were inspired to take the train to discover places in the future. “I think the first stop for us might be Sekinchan and we will definitely be taking photographs,” she said in reference to Peris’ pictures of Sekinchan. “Namo” will be showcased until May 25 at the Sutra Gallery, No 12 Persiaran Titiwangsa 3, Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are from 10am to 5pm but guests are encouraged to make appointments (03-40211092).