Tom Erik Douglas Smith


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My name is Tom Erik Douglas Smith and I currently live in London, England.
I am the youngest of three and was born in 1985 in Harare Zimbabwe, to a Norwegian mother and Zimbabwean father.
My Father was always an avid photographer and even had a makeshift dark room at home which probably peaked my interest in the medium.
I moved to the U.K in 2003 to continue my studies, one of which being photography. I later lived in Norway for a year between 2005 – 2006 to do a further photography course.
I have always preferred to stay away from studio work, and I am inspired by street photographers and journalists. The spontaneity I get from photographing subjects that I have little or no control over is what drives me.
This is somewhat ironic as in 2009 I started experimenting with stop-motion animation, a medium where I have to control every aspect of each image 24 times a second.
Animation has always interested me but it was never something I thought I could do, however realising that stop-motion animation was essentially a form of photography I decided to give it a go.
My work is influenced by animators such as Jiri Bara, Jan Svankmajer, and the Quay brothers, and I am currently working on a short silent film.
In 2011 I won a short film competition run by the IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture victims), and was a finalist in the 2011 Red Bull Canimation competition.
Recently I made a short animation for the 2012 feature film “Drapchi” by Arvind Iyer.
I also have a background in art and am currently working on various digital paintings and other artwork.

All of this keeps me very busy…

Prints of my work are available at

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  1. Anthony Francisco Schepperd
  2. BeAnotherLab
  3. Silje Forbes
  4. Kombo Chapfika
  5. Hannah Wright
  6. AUB Animation
  7. Portable Sky
  8. Simon Haiduk
  9. Ellie Ragdale
  10. Isabel Peppard
  11. Kirsten Lepore
  12. Jess Cope
  13. Rob Shaw
  14. Hayley Morris
  15. Kevin Parry
  16. Saadirfan
  17. Anna Eijsbouts
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