Perhaps you remember the case of Daryl Aiden Yow, a Singaporean photographer who recently got busted for sharing stock photos as his own. After the dust has settled, he has found a way to win his fans back – he has rebranded himself as a Photoshop specialist.
Daryl Aiden Yow is, apparently, very popular in Singapore and he was even Sony Ambassador. But when he was busted for sharing other people’s work as his own, it quickly went viral. Sony responded to this saying that they were “surprised and disappointed.” And when the story spread all over the internet, Yow reportedly started updating image captions with credits. Eventually, he deleted all the photos from his Instagram account and only left a public apology.
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Hi everyone, I didn’t intend to release any statement regarding recent events, largely because I did not know how I could accurately express how sorry I am. But seeing how people are now making baseless and false allegations against those close to me—simply by mere association– I have decided to confront the facts instead of leaving them subject to speculation. I did not want to let any more people down. The outrage regarding how I have conducted myself is justified and I accept full responsibility for my actions and all consequences that arise from those actions. I was wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people’s work were my own. I was also wrong to have used false captions that misled my followers and those who viewed my images. Having marketed myself as a photographer, I fell far short of what was expected of me and disappointed those who believed—or wanted to believe— in me. For all of that, I apologise. Those close to me disagree with my actions and have asked, whenever they felt that something was not right about my images, that I stop my actions immediately. I did not take their advice seriously and would give reasons that I thought would assuage any concerns they had over those images—just enough so that we would move on to other issues. I let them down with my actions. I would also like to take the opportunity to clear the air. The end-products of my collaborations with my friends remained honest and fair. Whatever my shortcomings were, I did not bring them to my collaborations. That would not have been fair to those who collaborated with me, and they would not have allowed such practices to be carried out in any event. These people are hard-working professionals and I was hurt to see people make baseless allegations or insinuations against them or question their integrity. They should not be hounded for my errors. To that end, I hope that these baseless allegations or insinuations would stop. I know I have erred and hope that I will be given the time and space to grow and better myself. For those who have stood by me, I would like to thank you and hope that I will be able to earn such kindness in the future.
After a few months, Yow posted an album with a caption: “Mistakes come with a lesson. And with a lesson, comes change.” Showing a photo-manipulation and some BTS video, it seems like the album is showing a new direction in which Yow wants to take his career.
And indeed, after deleting his embarrassing Instagram past, Yow is now moving into another direction, rebranding himself as a Photoshop specialist. He’s posting photo manipulations, and sometimes BTS images and shots that show how they were made. And his fans love it, apparently.
Personally, I agree with him on one thing: that “mistakes come with a lesson, and with a lesson, comes change.” I can’t help but wonder, though, if he’s really learned the lesson and not using someone else’s work now. Still, I believe that people deserve a second chance after messing up. Do you?
[via Must Share News]