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Instagram star is forced to apologise after it’s revealed he STOLE stunning professional photographs and told his 100,000 followers he’d taken them himself
- Singapore Instagram star Daryl Aiden Yow has said sorry and closed his account
- News site Mothership spotted that social media influencer was faking his work
- He has issued an apology for using stock images and stealing copyrighted work
- Daryl gained over 100,000 followers and has collaborated with Sony and Uniqlo
An Instagram photographer with over 100,000 followers has been forced to apologise after taking credit for photographs that weren’t his.
Singapore-based Daryl Aiden Yow, who has collaborated with major brands including Sony and Uniqlo, was challenged by news outlet Mothership over using the work of others and claiming it as his own – with himself often photoshopped in into the professional photographs.
The social media influencer was forced to issue an apology and retract all of his Instagram posts after receiving a flood of hate comments for misleading followers.
Instagram photographer Daryl Aiden Yow (pictured left) confessed he rose to fame by deceiving his fans and stealing the copyrighted work of others
Daryl also deleted his portfolio website as eagle-eyed individuals noticed some of the images were taken from Shutterstock and then edited.
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In a post from last year, Daryl shared a photograph of flowers in bloom claiming it was taken in Thailand.
However, comments soon compared it to a popular cherry blossom location in Japan that had originally been captured by professional snapper Norikazu.
An Instagram photographer with a smaller following using the handle armies_photography wrote: ‘Taken from Shutterstock. It’s Japan’.
Caught by the pink fuzz! Daryl’s image of cherry blossom in Japan had a striking resemblance to a Shutterstock image taken by nature photographer Norikazu
In a 2016 interview with Today Online, Daryl, whose success is partly down to a close relationship with fashion influencer Andrea Chong, claimed all of his photos are taken with the expectations of others in mind.
He said: ‘All my Instagram photos are shot professionally — I don’t post iPhone photos — probably because I’m a photographer and there are different expectations of me. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my photos.’
Mothership was able to identify at least 12 images out of his 1,165 posts that appeared almost identical to the work of others before he cleared his account.
As an increasing number of comments continued to question who had taken each picture he posted, Daryl was forced to delete all of his content.
One person commented on a photogaraph he captioned ‘Nowhere’ saying: ‘”Nowhere” that’s where frauds end up.’
Another wrote: ‘Sony should drop you for misrepresenting their cameras with fake photoshopped images.
Whether you steal images or not is your own lousy character and values, but deliberately misrepresenting a product’s capabilities while being paid…’
Daryl deleted all of his Instagram posts before posting an apology after being caught doctoring his images by news outlet Mothership
A number of the Instagram star’s followers called on Sony to drop him as a representative
Daryl has since posted one image which has received over 5,000 likes apologising in the caption for his actions.
He wrote: ‘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 – simple by mere associate – I have decided to confront the facts instead of leaving them subject to speculation. I did not want to let any more people down.
Daryl Aiden Yow’s Instagram post (left) of the Faroe Islands appeared almost identical to an image (pictured right) taken by Swedish photographer Christoffer Collin known as ‘Wisslaren’
Attention: Daryl has continued to have an increase in the number of people following his account despite admitting to the allegations
Regret: Daryl apologised to his followers for his actions in a lengthy statement and asked for others who have collaborated with him not to be blamed
‘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.
He added: ‘I was wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people’s work were my own.’
The former rising star concluded: ‘I know I have erred and hoped that I will be give 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 learn such kindness in the future.’
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