In 2008, I started using a mobile phone to photograph the daily lives of people living in Singapore. For a good couple of years, i could get away without being ‘noticed’ from my subjects.With the rise of mobile phone photography, it’s hard nowadays not be noticed by your subjects when u take out your phone to photograph them. The moment they notice it, they either shun away or start to scold or question you. I often had to pretend to use my phone (talking into the headset), look at some receipts or play a game on my mobile phone. Thankfully, I won’t have to pull these tricks anymore now that the COVR Photo is here.
The COVR Photo case was invented by Thomas Hurst, a Seattle-based award winning photojournalist. His works have appeared in publications such as Time magazine, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. While at the Seattle Times, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for the photo staff’s coverage of the WTO Riots in 1999.
The COVR Photo is a case with a prism lens that slides up over the camera and lets users take photos while holding your phone parallel to the ground, just like a TV remote. Designed for the iPhone 5/5S, they are currently producing one with a 6/6+. It also comes with an app which you can download from iTunes. Unless you use the app, your images will be upside down (using the default camera app). With the COVR Photo app it will flip the image right side up.
However, I didn’t use the app. Instead i used third party apps like Hipstamatic, Thirty Six and ProCamera 8. Below are some photos taken with the COVR Photo case and flipped with third party apps.