Thieving bastards

An unnecessarily time-consuming compendium of who's stealing my photos for innocent and nefarious purposes, uncovered via Google Reverse Image Search.

If you like anything you see, have the courtesy to credit your sources or be forever labelled thieving bastards.



End of the line (Wednesday, December 29, 2010)


According to Google, someone used my image of a man walking his pet pig for their site advertising Taipei escort services. I had a duty to investigate, but was spared the full horror of finding out this image's relevance when the link redirected me twice and I ended up on a page inviting me to find Bangkok fuck buddies. I don't have time for that nonsense, there are purloined images to find!


Formosa (Tuesday, January 18, 2011)


Based on the heirarchy of those search results, you'd be forgiven for thinking I stole the image from the DBD Research Institute to illustrate my post about learning Chinese. If it wasn't for the fact that the same picture originally appeared in my earlier blog from Taroko Gorge, along with the further proof that that's actually me in the photo.

This image has also been used by someone called Rekkia to symbolise her frustration with learning Japanese, who seems nice, and by Gustav the Modern Nomad, who I know is nice because he asked me very politely if he could use the image in the first place. He seems to have Photoshopped it to look a bit nicer too (this is the image DBD are using), though I don't think it's entirely successful as universal clipart for frustration with Chinese-(ish) languages due to my distractingly skinny arms. Sorry guys!

A typical day (except with monkeys) (Tuesday, January 25, 2011)


It doesn't annoy me so much that this company's using my image to sell their proboscis monkey spotting tour of Brunei, it's more the ineptitude of this not being the right type of monkey or even the right country. I've got two blogs about proboscis monkeys in Borneo, at least have the sense to steal from those!

Don't have a Kaohsiung, man (Thursday, January 27, 2011)


Here's a regular and quite funny bit of image-quoting from a dedicated skyscraper forum, where user Hardball included the Tuntex 85 Sky Tower in an exhaustive list of ugly skyscrapers from around the world. He's probably right, but I liked it. In the wacky context of Taiwan it fits perfectly.


What the Kaohsiung? I would have done this image searching thing a long time ago, if I thought my face was being used to front a fake Facebook account. I assume that's what those are anyway - both identify themselves as male and don't have any other photos, so that blows the chances of the account belonging to the girl in the photo, who incidentally I don't know but still felt okay about putting in two (now three) blogs. God knows what she's done with her picture of me.

So who is the real weirdo? A: It's the freak making a Facebook account with my face on it. Kaohsiung Montague has 27 friends (mostly with the surname Montague) and likes Texas Hold Em Poker. Do you know him?

Taiwhat? (Saturday, February 19, 2011)


When you carelessly post accurately labelled images of swastikas on your website, there's always the chance they'll be picked up by the wrong type of people who don't recognise its Buddhist context. That seems to have been the case with this military memorabilia forum, but despite it being in Norwegian and not letting me in without an account, I'm fairly confident I haven't unintentionally embroiled myself in neo-Nazi politics. That's all to come.


A childish day out again again (Sunday, February 27, 2011)


My wildlife photos have gradually got better over time, and were still towards the incompetent end of the amateur scale when I visited Bangkok's Dusit Zoo. That didn't stop a Russian travel agent using my gibbon picture, which is conspicuously blurrier than the others they presumably stole from better travel blogs.

There's my goddamn monkey! (Tuesday, March 15, 2011)


This is where I go from amused to genuinely irritated. Two Russian websites used my photos from Wat Phra Yai in Koh Samui (unless someone else just took a photo from the same angle with the exact same clouds), and the second one went on to use another four photos from that same post. That website is operated by the Federal Press. Judging by all the missing images on their poorly maintained site, the rest were presumably taken from other blogs too. Do they not have laws in Russia?


It's not only the Russians who liked the look of my elephant trekking photo, the French are at it as well:


That'll teach me for including nice images in my blogs. Or would it?

You wouldn't like me when I'm Ang Thong (Thursday, March 17, 2011)


Another unscrupulous travel agent uses my photo to hawk their crap. I climbed a relatively steep mountain trail for that shot, and I only get second placing! Again, I could be making a false accusation, and their dedicated photographer could have innocently taken a photo from the same spot with the same branch configurations and exact same clouds.

A childish day out again again (Sunday, March 20, 2011)


Oh, for f... Why am I doing this to myself? More to the point, why would a Russian travel company want to advertise their package tours of Dream World with pictures of me wearing my face? I can't be there all the time.

Oliver's Bangkok diary (by Dave) (Monday, March 21, 2011)


This genuine and disturbingly named 'massage' parlour I saw in Bangkok pops up regularly in this site's pervy search hits, so I shouldn't have been surprised to find it being admired elsewhere. Unfortunately, I couldn't access the bigtitredheads blog, so the rest of the story will have to be left to your depraved imagination.

Wat the heck (Saturday, March 26, 2011)


It took some overly determined sifting through photos of Wat Chedi Luang to find my picture being used by a tour company (who knew they had no scruples?) They've changed the colours slightly, but unless Chiang Mai is subject to freak winds that can make ten flags blow in precisely the same motions on two separate occasions, I don't buy it.

The Chester of Thailand (Sunday, March 27, 2011)


Ancient-Chiangmai are back to their old tricks, using my photo of Wat Phra Singh. Elsewhere on the thieving web, another company's using my image of a reclining Buddha (it took some scrutiny, but it's mine) and another Hong Kong company slipped up by including a publishing date. 27 March vs. 16 May - take that, Hong Kong! You're not even properly Chinese!

Elephants, Brachiosaurus women and other Chiang Mai-zing tales (Monday, March 28, 2011)

If you thought that last one was tedious, you'd better get out now. Eight photos from my Chiang Mai trekking post have been appropriated by companies offering Chiang Mai trekking and other services, but let's get the fun one out of the way first:


That's some kind of Indonesian corporate website, but at least they put in the effort of malforming the elephant through photoplasty, rather than just pasting their watermark over the photo and pretending it's theirs. You can have that one.

These ones don't get off so lightly:





More tribes, more temples and all the disgusting bugs you can eat (Tuesday, March 29, 2011)

My final Chiang Mai blog, and there are more rip-offs. But I was delighted to find this Bulgarian website where my exaggerated but accurate disgust at eating bugs is used to illustrate someone not liking eating bugs:


And in another non-corporate shocker, my morally ambiguous, posed photo of a poor Meo family (I donated) is used to highlight the issues of... actually, I'm not sure what this website is:


Here's the other crap:


The Globe Hunters try to hide things by cropping slightly and adding a watermark (how dare they!), but once again it's in the clouds.

Ayutthaya? No, there's just something in my eye (Thursday, March 31, 2011)

How am I still on March 2011? This is going to take longer than the e-books at this rate, but still I persevere.


Someone called güttsfükk (possibly not their real name) used a bunch of my photos to illustrate an informative, non-corporate and overlong blog post on a website that asks me if I can handle reality. He has my full support.

Similarly, the Italian Visit Thailand and Enjoy Your Holidays sites don't seem to be about making money, and I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I like to think I'm not the only person who writes blogs for their own sake.


Someone called dudu (possibly their real name) used my photo from the top of Wat Phukhao Thong, despite having loads of pictures of their own. Maybe they just forgot to take that pic at the time. Tell: identical cow positioning.

And then there's stuff like this:


They love performing for your amusement (Friday, April 1, 2011)



I made the mistake of taking some half-decent pictures of elephants forced to battle and perform stunts, partly to raise awareness that this stuff is still going on and to apologise for supporting it. So you can imagine how dismayed I am to find travel agents using my images to sell tours (usually not even to the place pictured).


At least there's one website using my photos for good, fighting the losing fight.

Krabi? (Monday, April 4, 2011)

My final day out in Thailand (first time round) produced my most professional looking photos yet. I can't take all the credit for that, it was partly down to the weather, and it's no surprise these have been seized by travel companies that couldn't be bothered to take their own.





Includes assorted blogs, and it seems someone might actually be using one of my photos as their desktop background. That makes me feel a little better. It almost negates all the anger this task has wrought, but I can't stop now.


By George! (Town) (Thursday, April 7, 2011)

I thought Malaysia would lighten the load, since its tourism industry isn't as hefty as Thailand's. I was wrong. There's more corporate thieving going on here than there was for Krabi, but gets off the hook for having the decency to add a '© Dave' to the corner on their site. That's assuming they are crediting me and the guy who sources their images isn't called Dave, in which case I'd be madder.





The Secret of Monkey Beach (Saturday, April 9, 2011)

I don't have the enthusiasm to introduce these any more. I should go back to taking rubbish photos no one wanted. Or using my words.




Royal pain in the Azlan (Monday, April 11, 2011)


Finally, some respite. Thank Allah I visited the Islamic city of Azlan on a Friday when everything was closed, so I didn't need to do more unpaid photography work for travel agents. The only thing that was interesting enough to escape from this post is a photo I took of what might be a dead crocodile (though it could be a big monitor lizard), which was used as part of a grown-up debate about what would win out of a bear and a crocodile.

Cavedave (Tuesday, April 12, 2011)


I've been aware for a while that my view of Ipoh from Perak Tong features in a load of image galleries and sites about that city. I guess no one else bothered to take a photo of it before.

The Curse of Kellie's Castle (Wednesday, April 13, 2011)


Kellie's Castle is a lesser visited attraction, so again I have the burden of providing the photos no one else could be bothered to go to the trouble of getting. It's creepy, you should go.

Highlander II: Revenge of the Disgusting Bugs (Sunday, April 17, 2011)





Seriously, am I the only person with photos of these places? What about all the Korean tourists with massive cameras around their necks? What happens to those pictures?

Highlander III: The Skunk Hunters of Gliese 581 g (Monday, April 18, 2011)


The mossy forest in the Cameron Highlands was one of my favourite places in Malaysia, but my photos didn't do it justice. Apparently my Orang Asli hut is pretty definitive though.

Malaynutrition (Wednesday, April 20, 2011)


I almost got out of this one intact, but someone used my durian photo to illustrate a disappointingly tame '10 Strangest Fruits' blog. I'm not sure how the rambutan qualifies as the number two most obscure and bizarre fruit in the world. Hey, maybe I'd be more polite if you'd asked to use my image!

Islander (Friday, April 22, 2011)

A fair few people took a liking to my sunset photo. Real or corporate bastard, I don't have the energy to investigate any more.


I did check out this blog, where a Malay girl called Shida mixes my photo in with her own (and presumably those of other people). I did the same thing in my Perhentian Islands blog, except I gave credit where it was due. Do that next time.


T.A.I. Friday (Sunday, April 24, 2011)




I think literally no one goes to Kota Bharu. That's the only explanation for hotels and travel companies using my deliberately dull photos of closed attractions to actually promote these places. The only other tourist I met there was an American guy who got mugged at knife-point as soon as he stepped off the bus. Don't take this as a glowing review.

Malaysia's Got Singers (Monday, April 25, 2011)


There was only one bloody picture in this post, but still it gets half-inched. This time for a very strange website that seems to appropriate my sarcastic, critical review of Kota Bharu's Cultural Centre performances as some sort of glowing endorsement for Malaysia as a whole. Hang on, that means they stole my words too!

Ner ner ner ner, ner ner ner ner, Batu Caves (Wednesday, April 27, 2011)

This is one of my most popular posts, so I expected to find plenty of duplicates floating around. Would it be the breasted-and-uddered Hindu deity or the masturbating monkey that took flight and left these pages?


It turns out it's just the big statues at the entrance. Boring.

Kuala Lumpur? No, she walked into a door (Friday, April 29, 2011)





You dirty, no-good, thieving twats.

Malacca - A study in scarlet (Thursday, May 5, 2011)



Buy a fucking camera already.

Mouldering in Malacca (Sunday, May 8, 2011)


Haven't you got any respect for the dead?

Tea for the Tioman (Sunday, May 15, 2011)


Nothing to get too pissed off about this time. Which is weird, 'cause my Tioman photos are loads nicer than my Malacca ones - why aren't they selling the hell out of this place?

Tioman kangaroo down, sport (Wednesday, May 18, 2011)


Nothing travel-related at all this time, I'm just glad to be doing my bit for a misogynism forum. Have you noticed how women are different from men? Grrr, football! Cars! Mach 3! Um... snooker!

More Malayzin' food (Sunday, May 22, 2011)


A radio station in Mexico is using a photo of me holding Malaysian chocolate bars for some reason. I don't know, the site wasn't working.

Raymond Luxury Yacht (Thursday, May 26, 2011)


My covert photo of (presumably) Chinese tourists taking photos of themselves has been used to illustrate a rant about a lack of Mandarin speaking tour guides in Malaysia. They even kept my cynical caption intact. Thumbs up!

Who's Taman? I'm Taman! (Saturday, June 4, 2011)


The level of theft starts to get more manageable now I'm off the main tourist trail. But is no one going to copy my photo of a spider eating a cricket? That's really good.

I mean, not that I want you to steal or anything. That's what I was just complaining about. Are you seeing someone else? Am I not good enough for you any more?

Literally everything I'm carrying (Tuesday, June 7, 2011)


If I was Philip Olivier I'd be feeling pretty confused right now.


We came, we saw, we opened a bank (Monday, July 4, 2011)


Just a couple. Who knew India had no respect for intellectual property rights?

See you in hell (Thursday, July 7, 2011)


A couple of rip-offs by Tour Singapore, who evidently branch out into tours of Hell.

Back in the land of the living (Monday, July 11, 2011)


I'm sure there are plenty of malformed tigers in India, stop nicking mine.

Sentosa? No thanks, she already has a full complement of toes (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)


These Pelauts guys are showing up an awful lot. I like how the Segway picture I took in disgust is now being used to sell them. And do I want to report Clare Madden for stealing my stuff? I'll think about it.

Singapore - The Isle of Wight of Malaysia (Wednesday, July 20, 2011)


The comparison in the title was seemingly enough to convince the official website of the Marina Bay Hotel on the Isle of Wight that my picture of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore was actually a picture of their hotel on the other side of the world. That's how good I am. Some French newspaper helped themselves to a couple too.

A childish day out again again again again again (Friday, July 29, 2011)

First let's get the tigers out of the way. I guess it's theoretically possible that the three tigers were in the same arrangement and positioning both... you get the picture by now. They're dicks.


This post is far more noteworthy for containing a swollen baboon's arse, one of the most popular photos I've ever inflicted on the world. It's easy to see why:


Update (08/09/2013): This unpleasant photo was also used as an insert in episode two of Kevin Eldon's comedy series It's Kevin for BBC Two (airdate 24 March 2013).


Paradise regain'd (Monday, August 8, 2011)


Good to see the Bali Tourism Board putting in the effort to Google some images. Just stick your camera out of the window!

Bromos before homos (Thursday, August 11, 2011)

I was going to slag off the Korean Medical Library for thinking 'bromos' was a valid medical condition and for thinking my photos of a volcano would be of any relevance, but then they went and credited me. Aww. 감사합니다.


Malang and winding road (Wednesday, August 17, 2011)


Seriously, you're going to bypass Ijen Crater entirely and take images from bloody Malang? This place was even worse than Kota Bharu.

Freezing my Balis off (Friday, August 19, 2011)


Clearly I've ended up back in the mainstream.

Bedugul? No, the gull and I are just good friends (Monday, August 22, 2011)






I thought I'd almost finished the first year's worth of these and could finally get some sleep, but then this proved to be the most popular one yet. More corporate crap and a couple of friendly blogs / news stories.

Twelve monkeys (Thursday, August 25, 2011)


This macaque by gravestone clip art may eventually be used for a variety of hilarious / bereaved purposes, ho ho. But so far, only Brian has realised its potential.

Ubud-der believe it (Monday, August 29, 2011)



Back to this, and the return of some repeat offenders. It looks like I've basically been working for for two years, they just haven't got round to paying me yet.

Big momma's temple (Thursday, September 1, 2011)




The final rip-offs from Indonesia, the Bali Tourism Board once again demonstrating their professionalism by stealing pictures from an amateur travel blog. Just sort me out with a free visa next time and we'll call it quits, alright?


Singa-poor (Saturday, September 10, 2011)


The first year of pictorial thievery ends on a quiet note as a blogger pilfers my photo of chicken feet to express disgust and slight racism. It's the best we could have hoped for at this point.


Singappalling (Monday, September 26, 2011)

Well it's gratifying to see my unpleasant photo of shower floor sputum hasn't been banded around because I'm not sure what diseases would be carried with it, but a load of people inexplicably liked the look of a hasty photo I took of Long John Silvers fast food restaurant.



Lil' bastard (Monday, October 10, 2011)

I thought my pictures of Taal Volcano were quite nice (and it was a bastard getting there to take them), but the only site that's pinched them so far is an unknown one that's apparently down, due to a pending investigation into malicious content.


I know, I complain when they steal them and then I'm disappointed when they don't. This must be how a village's remaining virgins felt after the Vikings were through raping and pillaging their friends and neighbours - what did I do wrong? If my website goes down promptly, it'll be due to that malicious content. Sorry.

Japanese burn (Saturday, October 22, 2011)

My tasteful black and white photo of an anonymous building in Intramuros has somehow ended up on a strange page alongside Phil Collins and hoax alien photos. Google tried to translate the Turkish for me, but it crashed. I think there were too many non sequiturs to handle. I'll throw in an irrelevant porn gallery entry for good measure.



Mm, that's nice (Friday, October 28, 2011)

Here we go, the first thieving travel agents of the new year. Please don't book your holiday with them; they are twats.


Cruise for a conk (Thursday, November 3, 2011)

Yes, I did catch some nice lighting there, didn't I? A couple of small-fry tour operators helped themselves.


Curious orang (Monday, November 14, 2011)

I wouldn't have thought my blurry, overcast photos of orangutans were worth stealing, but a few Malaysian travel companies were apparently desperate enough. They're probably just the same company under different names. I've crossed paths with a couple of them before.


Bignose strikes again (Thursday, November 17, 2011)



Like a rubbish Venice (Thursday, December 1, 2011)


It's not clear what that blog is. Just a jumble of stolen images I guess, and they have the cheek to slap their watermark on everything.

They're grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-good (Monday, December 5, 2011)

Okay, so technically I didn't take this picture, it was one of the volunteer staff using my camera, but... that is actually me. Why are you using my happy face to front your French website?


Boring probable answer: I'm the only person OCD enough to type out the sanctuary's full name, rather then just using the 'Tiger Temple' shorthand. For more evidence of my OCD tendencies, see this page you're reading now.


If you thought that was weird, what the hell sort of relevance does this photo have to this website? I said something in the post about efficient production lines, so that blog author felt the accompanying image would suffice without looking at it or anything. This is the most baffling one since Facebook.

Crime and gunishment (Thursday, December 8, 2011)

This wasn't a surprise, my mannequin torture photos are always popular with sick searchers. Obviously I'm not similarly sick for enthusiastically taking and annotating these photos in the first place, nope. Look, there I am again.





Sufferin' Sukhothai (Saturday, December 10, 2011)

The same Thai press release posted in three places about Sukhothai's place on an ASEAN heritage trail and a German T-shirt shop with no relevance whatsoever. The Thai one at least credits me via ',' so I guess they're off the hook.



You Wat-n't like me when I'm Angkor (Thursday, December 15, 2011)

A guest house has half-inched and cropped my balloon photo for their own nefarious ends, while a similarly cropped picture of a headless, armless Buddha has been plastered over Facebook for... some kind of event, maybe in Poland. That's the language where 'w' can be a stand-alone word, right?


That one with the big faces (Sunday, December 18, 2011)

Several more thefts from the Angkor Archaeological Park, including Spanish and Vietnamese blogs that might be corporate or personal, it's hard to tell with all that ad clutter. More prestigious is one of my photos getting picked for inclusion as a lecture slide for a talk on non-Western art history at Bethel University. Wherever that is.


If it's broke, don't fix it (Wednesday, December 21, 2011)

Just the one, from another site I can't really get my head around even though it's in English. Something about yoga. S/he tinted it blue because that makes it more magickal.


I'm pleasantly surprised that more of my Cambodia temple photos haven't been pinched, but judging by the pages of similar search results that came up, I guess there are already plenty out there in the mainstream for travel agents to steal as they see fit. Maybe it'll be a grower over time.


Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chang is (Friday, December 30, 2011)

Most of these photos are posted by a Russian guy on a couple of forums, where he admits he hasn't had time to upload his own photos of Bang Bao yet so found some similar ones on the internet. More than a year later, he still hasn't got round to it.


I'm a bit annoyed about some Spanish websites passing around my picture of a cat and snake facing off, and crediting each other as the source.



South Korea

Literally everything I spent last year (Monday, January 2, 2012)


Yes, it does annoy me that the top result for my picture isn't me, but more that they didn't even label it with the right continent. The Korean blog is weird, inserting my photo of some proboscis monkeys between loads of pictures of cash. There were a couple of pictures of cash in my post, which is presumably what brought them here, but they evidently preferred the monkeys. Well, they're only human.

We'll tear your Seoul apart (Thursday, January 5, 2012)

One of my photos from Gyeongbokgung Palace is being used to illustrate the attraction on Wanderfly, whatever that is. It has at least two users. Another's been praised as one of the best pictures of Gyeongbokgung, which would be more of an honour if other pictures in that list weren't a bit rubbish.


Holiday (Monday, January 16, 2012)

A few photos from Seogwipo Harbour plastered over a Romanian woman's Korean-drama-obsessed blog, but she put a link to my site. THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT! You duplicitous Asian travel companies could learn a lot from Romania.


Jeju - The Isle of Wight of South Korea (Thursday, January 19, 2012)

But you didn't, did you? There's no point debating intellectual property rights with the Vietnamese, that'd be like trying to educate a Malaysian about sexual equality, it's just an alien concept. I like Romanians a lot more than Malaysians today.


oh! NO~ (Wednesday, January 25, 2012)

I'm showing up on the internet again, this time in the slightly more incriminating position of riding a massive cock, though it's 9000% more innocent than that sounds.


Excerpts from the forum discussion:

Re: Well cya
by Alex:) » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:27 am

LOL i googled land of cock, and it came up with pages about chickens and also this ... -korea.JPG

Re: Well cya
by jesse595 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:41 pm

and alex, i've seen that picture before

How have you seen it before? Where else is it showing up that Google isn't showing me?

Taejongdae is a good day to die (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)

Now I can be racist against Indonesia too. The Korea Tourism Organization (Indonesia) evidently has the same level of professionalism as the Bali Tourism Board when it comes to stealing my bloody photos.


Busan-d one more thing (Sunday, February 5, 2012)

Travel companies, wallpaper sites, a Korean drama blog, a forum and a beach towel website. I'm tired now.


You're snow fun anymore (Monday, February 20, 2012)

This pisses me off - two Thai travel companies (probably the same one) have bundled some of my snowy Seoraksan photos in with those presumably taken by other non-corporate bloggers to promote their shitty tours. I quite liked these snowy photos, and now feel like a father might feel when he discovers some repugnant Thai guy's corrupted his daughter's innocence.

Some stuff's showing up semi-irrelevantly on dedicated Monument Mountains and National South image galleries (are these keyword-generated galleries useful to anyone?) and there's some website I won't check out because it could destroy my computer. I'm not quite willing to be a martyr for this.



The Valley of the Kings of South Korea (Friday, March 9, 2012)

Relevant and irrelevant wallpaper sites. I don't even know who that is.


Never mind the Bulguksa (Monday, March 12, 2012)


Bloody Russians.


A childish day out again again again again again again (again) (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)

A couple of Korean fan-fic writers have used my pictures of popular teen hangout Lotte World to illustrate their soppy tales. They're welcome, as long as I don't have to read them.


Macaques all, folks! (Thursday, April 5, 2012)

This post was a compilation of 'hilarious' monkey photos from previous blogs, and I've covered most of the thefts before. So here's a compilation of 'hilarious'/smutty image galleries that have mistaken my innocent photos for porn, or just made weird mistakes generally.



Well, Fukuoka too! (Wednesday, April 11, 2012)

Just one crappy wallpaper site. I guess no one else was interested in my dingy, rain-sodden photos of Fukuoka.


You know people actually read these reviews, right? (Tuesday, April 17, 2012)

A photo of me at Soka Indah Guesthouse is appropriated as an image of Camera Indah Guesthouse. They're not the same place. It's the incompetent ones that annoy me the most.


All the Dazaifu lives (Friday, April 20, 2012)

My final stop in Japan the first time round, and finally an immoral travel company does me the credit of stealing one of my pictures to sell their stuff.


Hey ma look, it's me! (Sunday, April 29, 2012)



Another compilation, I'd image-searched all these photos before in their original incarnations but a few new turds popped up and some of the original ones weren't there any more. Keeping track of all these is a literally impossible task.


This is the weirdest one - some Russian travel website, for unknown reasons, has cropped and Photoshopped a photo of me and a random guy. I guess they were drawn to the beard.


Bye bye baby (Saturday, May 5, 2012)

Oh, fantastic. My photos from Bangkok's Siriraj Medical Museum were clearly too morbidly fascinating for people not to steal. I wasn't supposed to take photos in the first place (I was eventually caught by an armed security guard), so maybe this is fair. This is steadily becoming my most popular post with more than 3,500 hits, so this will only get worse in the future.

Pelauts, Pic2fly and Pixmule are all depressingly familiar and may just be automated. The rest know what they're doing, but don't know how to credit their sources. I've crossed paths with the KMLE Korean Medical Dictionary before, I hope their surgeons are more professional than whatever clown manages their website.





Sri Lanka

My wife loves your city (Wednesday, May 16, 2012)

An asshole travel company and a news website in a language so obscure, Google didn't even offer to translate it for me. Probably Sinhalese.


Citadel (Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

Users Nalin Karunathilaka and Lan Yuan uploaded a load of my Anuradhapura photos to Qiito, some kind of location-based site I've never heard of, as if they were theirs. Thanks for giving me more work, bastards.




Bodhi langurage (Friday, June 1, 2012)

Travel company.


Into the lion's den (Tuesday, June 5, 2012)

Ideal Bride Magazine are thieving twats.


I (don't) have the powerrrrrr (Sunday, June 10, 2012)

What use is this to anyone?



Another totally disgusting museum (Sunday, July 1, 2012)


My sneaky photo of a Japanese woman made it to a Macedonian list of the world's weirdest museums. These lists are usually disappointingly tame and miss out some of the weird ones I've been to, so it's nice to see them putting in some effort and not just re-posting something by a hack columnist who's never left their home state.


The Russian one was published eight months before I even went there, but that is my photo. The only explanations are that the photographer coincidentally snapped these test tubes from the same angle and with the same lighting as I did, or it was time travel. Either that or Blogger users have the facility to edit posts later on, though that seems a bit far-fetched.

Maid in Japan (Monday, July 9, 2012)

A French blogger used my photo of the exterior of a maid cafe in Akihabara despite apparently going there. Take your camera next time.


A childish day out again again again again again again again again (Wednesday, July 11, 2012)

A Dutch person took my photo of a caged panda chomping some bamboo to illustrate their travels in Japan and Hong Kong. My guess is they just never left Dutchland. Wherever that is.


Kyoto-tal recall (Monday, July 16, 2012)

The internet is run by horny morons.


Geisha not from around here (Wednesday, July 18, 2012)

Seriously, will you guys fuck off?


Just as sloshed as Schlegel (Friday, July 20, 2012)

Do my Kyoto blogs have a virus or something? Or do I just need to stop making provocative descriptions of statues?


South Korea

The tale of Mr Toilet (Wednesday, August 1, 2012)

A couple of Italian websites used my photo in their arbitrary mention of the Suwon Toilet Museum. They give credit to 'Republic' - whether that's some kind of news source or means the Republic of Korea in general I don't know. Next time you want to write about something on the other side of the world from a second hand source, please credit my photo.



Hong Kong - The Edinburgh of the East (Sunday, August 19, 2012)

The least worst photo I managed to take during the Establishment Day fireworks celebration is now trapped on an inaccessible and dangerous website. If you go near to it, it explodes.


Where's my goddamn escalator? (Tuesday, August 21, 2012)


Well, that about wraps it up for Earth (Wednesday, August 29, 2012)

A lazy Philippines travel company and a supernatural/non-specific blog helped themselves.


You can Canton me (Saturday, September 1, 2012)

No one informed me about this name change, but that's my face so it must be true. Now I have to change my passport and everything. Bloody hell.


The dark side of Macau (Monday, September 10, 2012)

My photo from the Mount Fortress is seemingly being used to illustrate every business premises in Macau, even those that (presumably) aren't armed with cannons.



Paradise is overrated (Monday, September 24, 2012)

I was going to stop at the second anniversary mark, but I'm glad I kept going so I could see this. How nice! Thanks, Tam Bara. Sorry I couldn't be much help with the ornithology.



Sploosh! (Tuesday, October 9, 2012)


This mademoiselle took loads of photos from her Luang Prabang trip, but I guess she was lacking that one, dull photo from the top of the waterfall. You made the arduous trip, you deserve it!


I don't know what this is though.

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Burmese days (Friday, November 23, 2012)

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These thieving 'gallery' sites evidently haven't gone away in the two years since I last did this, but they've all changed their names. I don't think a battered pizza really counts as 'traditional Burmese food.'

A Buddhist trilogy (of five) (Monday, November 26, 2012)

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Another gallery and the needlessly confusing website of "a properly inscribed non-profit educational project" using the picture in a totally irrelevant context. But you should still support their important work, whatever the hell it is.

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Another cryptic/garbled website for "a multifaceted design firm that thrives on this diversity of ideas and people." Again, my image of cruel bird capturing has no relevance and was presumably picked up due to being surrounded by words like 'Buddhist' and 'divine reward,' without an appropriate sarcasm filter.

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Another mentalist.

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Happily, GoUNESCO does things properly and credits my blog, plus that page is well worth checking out anyway. How many sexist heritage sites have you been to? I've ticked off two of six!

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I'm glad my actual page managed to scrape in there at the end, at least.

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Just a bunch of images stolen from various people. There was no English URL amidst the foreign.

Yangon a minute (Thursday, November 29, 2012)

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We've got our first thieving travel agent of the season. cnTRAVEL does it properly and references me, so it's not too annoying that they're above me.

Mandalay me down to sleep (Sunday, December 2, 2012)

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Some pointless website that seems to have been taken down.

Where it all Bagan (Wednesday, December 5, 2012)

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Mainly just some arbitrary-keyword galleries bundling my photos of ancient ruins with women stretching their vulvas open.


Here's what you could have lived... (Friday, December 14, 2012)

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No one wants to nick my stock photo representing a 'fork in the road?' The one I was convinced would be plundered when I took this not long after doing all those image searches and getting angry the first time around? That's good, obviously. Great. See if I care.

I don't want Si Chang the world (Monday, December 17, 2012)

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I'm not going to click that.

A childish day out again again again again again again again again again again again (Thursday, December 20, 2012)

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Pinterest wannabe.

I notice you have a similar skin colour to me, let's be friends (Sunday, December 23, 2012)

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My fake faces may have freaked out unsuspecting Transformers fans. That last guy seems to have enjoyed my picture quite a lot. Calm down, Devid.

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When vainly googling variations on my website name in the past, I've seen this showing up in various places (this one even credited me properly). Further demonstrating the futility of this exercise that doesn't even catch them all. Look, even my own original page didn't make the list, just one I recycled it for later. Might as well stop now.

Blasts from the passport (Saturday, December 29, 2012)

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Those aren't blank, knob.



What are we doing here? (Friday, January 4, 2013)

It's a major city, so strap in.

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I never knew I had so many 'fans.'

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Devid's still getting much too excited by my photos.

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Thieving Brazilian twats.

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None of those descriptions is accurate.

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This new-age New World Order nut bumped me to page two. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake to name the image 'sacrificed-kid-illuminati.'

Rockin' the suburbs (Tuesday, January 8, 2013)

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I'm starting to identify some of these new kids on the block. What happened to Pelauts and Picstopin? I guess it's a fickle business.

Kind of blue (Monday, January 14, 2013)

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Thieving Thai pricks.

Kind of red (Thursday, January 17, 2013)

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That does it: anglerz, autoorb, galleryhip, gopixpic, imgarcade, imgkid, tattoodonkey, vulgaire and the other regular offenders will be taken as read from now on, so that this doesn't actually take forever. My tedious relentlessness is no match for yours, the bastards have won.

Kind of green (Sunday, January 20, 2013)

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Why would anyone want that with me all in the way?

Farscape tour of Sydney (Monday, January 28, 2013)

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Disappointingly not a nerd site in sight.

Kind of Black(heath) (Monday, February 4, 2013)

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Turns out posting 400 x 300 images isn't enough to stop them being appropriated for 'HD wallpaper.'

I'm blue, da ba dee, almost died (Thursday, February 7, 2013)

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Standards for celeb porn have also slipped considerably.

Literally the Newcastle of the south (Sunday, February 10, 2013)

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The internet continues to self-parody.

On the buses (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)

I would have reconsidered posting this photo of a young Japanese girl riding the train with her bulbous-headed companion if I knew what the internet would do with it. Contains strong language of a sexual nature from the onset.

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Devid was more amusing when he was turned on by my fake old man face and a stretch of sand, but now he's gone and spoiled things, so there'll be no more from him.

The last one is an Indonesian forum dedicated to collecting and perverting these type of pictures.

What have I done? I just thought the bear was funny.


Second first impressions (Friday, March 1, 2013)

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Don't talk to me about hassle images.

Ohhh, THAT Philippines (Monday, March 4, 2013)

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A local news site helped themselves. Despite being based in the city, they apparently didn't realise that this was a river during the dry season, rather than a flooded street.

Honeymoon (Tuesday, March 12, 2013)

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Back to the stolen mash-ups again. I had minor satisfaction making an apologetic Swedish travel agent replace my monkey images in their collage one time, but I can't be bothered any more.


Shit optimistic Khao San Road salesmen expect tourists to say (Thursday, March 21, 2013)

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Who knew Buzzfeed authors are a load of unoriginal plagiarists? They give credit to '' generally, which they judge to be enough.


Let's actually do Cambodia properly this time and I mean it this time (for a week) (Saturday, March 30, 2013)

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The timing of the clock adds another level of theft certainty, beyond the identical lighting and clouds. I'm curious what that DMCA complaint could possibly have been about - is someone on my side?

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Don't know what that's about, the photo doesn't even show up on the pages. They're just wasting my time. More so.


Hello me, it's me again (Monday, April 29, 2013)

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Want to know what that's about?

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Just a bizarre case of identity theft.

Davey day care (Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

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Turns out I have a whole page on Lustdoctor, which has picked images from the lifespan of the blog completely at random. I wish they'd used any other image to promote it though.


Highlander IV: Not a Flower (Monday, May 20, 2013)

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Some Malaysian company or other chose a really uninteresting picture.


We don't need no stinkin' Kong (Saturday, June 1, 2013)

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A curiously Christian travel agent pushed me to page two.

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Russian f**k and wedding c**t.

Accidental tour of Krabi (Tuesday, June 4, 2013)

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Deutsche diving dicks.

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How convenient of me to create a collage and save these Russian mofos the trouble.

Phi Phi? You should have gone before we left (Monday, June 10, 2013)

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Thieving Koreans are true to form, but I was more disappointed by the Hungarians who then have the gall to include this warning on their site:

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Update: They got back to my stock email promptly (I emailed about 10 sites during the course of this, just to see what would happen) and have apparently deleted the image now.


Never Sai never a-gon (Saigon) (Sunday, June 16, 2013)

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Not really sure what the second one is - foreigners (well, locals) get away with more by not writing in English and making their pages off-puttingly long so no one will be bothered to scroll through all the way. I wouldn't know anything about that.

The war in Viet Flippin' Nam (Sunday, June 23, 2013)

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Whoever these Malaysians are, they can't make Wordpress work, it wouldn't open.

Peek-a-boo, I annihilate you! (Thursday, June 27, 2013)

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All these people were clearly too wussy to crawl through the tunnels themselves. Goddamned pussies. Opening the last one tried to download something to my computer, this is hazardous.

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Confusing personal websites. No issues or sanity with these.


The uncultured show (Friday, July 12, 2013)

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They've never been there.


Singapore tale (Monday, July 15, 2013)

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That last one is the weirdest since the Tokyo identity theft. Someone who is otherwise trying to flog vitamin shakes and website tools claims to be the author of my blog, and is promoting it on a website supposedly dedicated to car seats. It has somehow amassed 2,589 views since September.

What are these people doing with their lives? Why can't they harness the infinite potential of the internet to do something productive, like I'm doing right now?


The beginning of the end (Sunday, July 21, 2013)

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The only image they use to represent the entirety of Malaysia in a bid to encourage students to live there. No other country has markets sometimes.

Hey, Joe! (Saturday, July 27, 2013)

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None of these websites opened, which appropriated this picture of my Edinburgh friends for varied purposes. What is going on please.

Deleted scenes: Thailand (Wednesday, August 28, 2013)

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Whatever that's supposed to be, it wouldn't load either.

Deleted scenes: Malaysia (feat. Singapore) (Saturday, August 31, 2013)

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Used in a confusing learning resource, if you want to teach your kid to be a thief. And illiterate.

Deleted scenes: Year two (Tuesday, September 3, 2013)

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Deleted scenes: South Korea (Thursday, September 12, 2013)

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Also didn't work or make sense. Either that formula I developed for self-destructing images worked, and I've taken down all these sites from the inside, or I'm losing my mind.



Sapi days (Friday, February 7, 2014)

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These sites broke my computer for a while.

Irrelevant soundtracks

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Several illegal audiobook uploaders mistakenly assumed I was uploading the covers for them. I wasn't.


It don't matter if you're black or white, though as usual white is preferred (Saturday, March 15, 2014)

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This was exactly the same as that car seats one, but about home design instead. Inexplicably featuring my blog again.

Unhelpful freelance writing tips (Wednesday, April 2, 2014)

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"Is it alright if I put a photo of you on the laptop in Manila airport in a blog I'm writing? I just need a picture about working in the airport. I don't have to if you don't feel comfortable with it, but no one'll even see it anyway."

"That's fine."



Samui twoui (Tuesday, July 1, 2014)

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(I should probably credit this image, to be fair. I'm nothing if not a hypocrite)


  1. Hi there!

    I'm Gustav, the 'nice guy' who asked you for permission. I just thought I'd let you know that you are actually doing the thieves a favour by listing them here. You've linked to our sites, without using a rel="_nofollo" tag, so we all get Google Rank goodness from you. thought you should know.

    Thanks for letting me use your photo!

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I only linked to ones I didn't actually mind (I think), like blogs or ones that were just odd. Not the Thai/Indonesian travel companies which I'm naively assuming will be taught a lesson by having their names appear alongside the word 'bastards.'

      I don't know all that much about blog stats and Google clearly, I'm just here to enjoy myself. Which sometimes involves going on unnecessary, massive rants.

  2. Hi, your images are AMAZING. What a unique thing to have such journeys around the world. I'm a teacher and want to use one image of a doorway to get my students writing about entering into different worlds. Obviously I am crediting the image as being one of yours, but I also want to say thanks for sharing such images with the world. It's fantastic what you are doing. You may soon have students looking up your travels and dreaming/hoping they can one day explore other places as you do. Best wishes.