In the Shadow of Things
The App

vika books in the shadow ipad app

The interactive version of the picture book In The Shadow Of Things showcases a new technology through the medium of a moving account of a woman and her family living with her Contamination OCD condition. A delicate, troubled but loving understanding is presented here in a multi-dimensional way which demonstrates that ‘new publishing’ can mean far more than simply an electronic version of a paper book.

Family photographs, letters, sound recordings, film footage, first hand testimony, arguments and monologues are brought together by the technology to dazzling effect with this new app, using the iPad framework to push the envelope of artistic possibilities in publishing.

This multi-media app acts as a kind of a tailor-made gallery. Pick a picture, any picture and it will lead you down different emotional paths of a deeply personal, powerful story immersing you in one family’s battle against OCD, sometimes painful, sometimes humorous. As well as viewing Hampton’s expressive original images, users can delve through re-discovered family videos, drawings and archive photographs, witness audio of family arguments and monologues, and dip into transcripts of private conversations.


In the Shadow of Things (The Future of the Photography Book) is a Prototype project funded by the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy. REACT is a collaboration led by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The REACT Partnership:

Peter Metelerkamp is Programme Director of the MA in Film and TV Production and Graduate Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Bristol University. He is a teacher of film and documentary photographer with several decades of experience. He has been the recipient of AHRC awards for documentary research based on his own photographs, and has supervised numerous award-winning films.

Victoria Forrest specialises in communication design in the Arts. She has worked on projects ranging from limited-edition monographs to promotional pieces. Her clients have included award-winning photographers and artists, large and small publishing houses and international museums and art galleries. In 2011, she founded Cluster Publishing dedicated to interdisciplinary communication.