In June this year, Singaporean photographer and social media influencer, Daryl Aiden Yow was called out for doctoring stock images and passing them off as his own, including those for sponsored posts.
The 27-year-old disappeared from the Internet after his secret got exposed — he deleted all his Instagram posts, except for the one posted on June 21 that had his apologetic statement on the issue, and even his webpage had ceased to exist.
But now, he is back.
His symbolic first post is a picture of himself tossing burning photographs, with the caption: “Mistakes come with a lesson. And with a lesson, comes change.”
Many Singaporean celebrities have stepped forward to express their support, including Mediacorp actress Julie Tan, The Sam Willows’ Narelle Kheng and Sandra Tang, and social media influencers Naomi Neo and Christabel Chua.
Neo commented: “This is beautiful! Keep fighting” while the other three commented with emojis conveying their support.
Although positive messages have come flooding in, Yow still has his haters and one of them made his/her feelings known after Yow posted behind-the-scenes pictures and video clips on his Instagram story.
Yow’s reply was calm and civil though:
Instead of tarnishing his reputation, the major exposé effectively helped Yow gain thousands of followers. Yow currently has around 104,000 followers on Instagram. And despite receiving harsh criticism and insults, it seems like Yow is determined to start afresh.