Known as “Spiderman” thanks to his daredevil pictures, young Australian photographer Bryce Wilson has just plead guilty for stealing over $11,000 in camera equipment.
The 24-year-old Melbourne native has risen to fame since 2014 due to his creative, high-rise photographs that have been angled dangerously.
Earlier this year, Wilson responded to an online sale post for two camera lenses, posted by photographer Jon Grundy. After Wilson obtained his address (without paying, and informing Grundy of his change of heart on the deal), he later broke into Gundy’s home and stole a very pricey Canon 5D Mark III and a 35mm f/1.4L lens.
After failing to remove the copyright data on the device, he then proceeded to upload his photos to Instagram. Months later, Grundy was still unaware of who had stolen his goods. However, another photographer discovered Grundy’s name listed at the copyright owner to one of Wilson's online photos. Obviously, this nameless do-gooder gave Grundy a heads up, who then went to the police.
The police found the stolen items in Wilson’s home and Wilson then plead guilty for burglary and handling stolen goods. He received 100 hours of community service without conviction.
The moral of the story kids? Don’t steal. And if you plan to, remember that the photo’s EXIF data (assigned to each individual photo by the camera, which contains the photographer's name, make, model and lens) is widely available on almost every major photo editor (such as Adobe’s Lightroom) and therefore viewable.
Pretty stupid. "My name was all over the copyright metadata on Bryce’s work and he hadn't even thought to take it off," Grundy said in an interview.
Wilson, in his defense, did post a very flimsy apology on his website - but the website is unlisted which means you can only get there by direct link, and even that link has since been taken down. Just as well, the apology started off okay but he then thought playing the victim would be cool in the end.
Also, just as a comment on his photographs - they are interesting, but as you can see, there is way too much glow, and let's be real: standing on rooftops doesn't make you Spiderman, kid.
On another note, though, I love it when social media plays the vigilante.
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