'I was wrong': Photographer Daryl Aiden Yow apologises in response to plagiarism accusations

'I was wrong': Photographer Daryl Aiden Yow apologises in response to plagiarism accusations

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(Photo: Instagram/darylaiden)

SINGAPORE: Local photographer Daryl Aiden Yow on Thursday (Jun 21) made a public apology after allegations that some of his works were plagiarised sparked an Internet storm.

In an Instagram post, he said the outrage against him was "justified", and that he accepted "full responsibility" for his actions.

"I was wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people’s work were my own," said Mr Yow, who bills himself as a lifestyle and travel photographer. "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."

His apology came after several media outlets pointed out that some of his photos were identical to those found on stock photo websites and elsewhere online, and that many of them appeared photoshopped - without giving due credit to the original source.

Mr Yow has 100,000 followers on Instagram and has held photography workshops for brands such as Uniqlo. He also collaborated with camera maker Sony which featured him on its website as a "creative ally".

In his post, the photographer said that he had not initially intended to release a statement, but was prompted to do so after seeing people make "baseless and false allegations against those close to me".

"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."

Mr Yow did not specify who those being falsely accused were, or what was being said against them.

The photographer is known for collaborating with local Instagram influencer Andrea Chong, and netizens were quick to accuse her of being party to his methods.

Commenting on one of Ms Chong's photos on Instagram, netizen ayida_lucifer asked: "Is this photoshopped by @darylaiden"?

"As a content creator yourself, do you condone such methods of creating content - stealing and claiming as your own? Or was it just lucrative business between the two of you?" asked Instagram user yanqi.

In his post, Mr Yow stressed that his collaborations with friends - who were not named by him - were "honest and fair".

Said Mr Yow: "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."

A check on Friday showed that Mr Yow has deleted all the photos on his Instagram account. All that's left is the statement of apology posted on Thursday.

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.

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Source: CNA/nc

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