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Florian Schmidt
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.
(Fernando Pessoa)

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not;
and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

I'm the founder of WhoNeedsColour and former CV for abstract & surreal photography.

You can follow the trail of the snail also on
Google+ | tumblr | art limited | Shadowness |

If you want to contact me please write a mail to
(for commissions, collaborations, etc.)

Important: All works in my gallery (*) are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. If you use one of my works for your personal blog etc. please don't forget to give credit by linking back to my deviantART profile. Thank you!

(*) except Swarm Intelligence and A Wisp Of Smoke, which are exclusively licensed to Prophecy Productions.


Florian Schmidt is a self-taught photographer based in his native town Bad Arolsen, Germany.

He was born in 1979 and made a vocational training as a public employee after he graduated from school. Nowadays he's working for the local municipality. He discovered his love for photography as a teenager when he got his first pocket camera, but lost his hobby out of sight throughout the years. Being diagnosed as suffering from Major Depressive Disorder marked a drastic change in his young life, and he started to search for opportunities to make the best out of it. In 2010 he realized that grabbing the camera and going on extensive photowalks helped him better than any meds or therapy, so he decided to focus more on his hobby again and made more serious attempts on photography. At the same time he started to publish his work online, mostly on deviantART, art limited and Shadowness.

He hasn't developed a certain "style" by now, but his work is of a certain tone and taste. While his monochrome landscape and urban photography is rather dark and often inspired by melancholic music, his abstract work lately got lighter and even features bright colors. However, he always shares his very own view on the world through his work and it usually reflects his current state of mind. Recurring themes of his work are feelings of loneliness, sadness, rejection and confusion.

Throughout the years his photos have been featured several times as Daily Deviations on deviantART and as daily features on art limited and Shadowness. Some have also been published in collaborative charity photobooks or as album artwork.

Currently he's working on another album artwork for a well-known Irish songwriter and is also preparing works for an exhibition in his hometown.


The Obscure Camera (Wales, 2013)


Pray for Japan (charity photobook)

For Africa (charity photobook)

Former Ghosts (album artwork)

Dreamstone (album artwork)

The De-Materialization of Artwork (article for Point of Simplicity e-zine)

Three In Three (collaborative photobook)

tumblr anyone? 

37 deviants said Show me yours, I'll show you mine. :eager:






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TheDarkenedBride Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanx very much for your support :iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: 
The--Pessimist Feb 27, 2014  Student Photographer
Good evening, sir!
Just passing by to remind you that there's this girl whose life you have changed with your beautiful work that wishes you a good weekend.
Hope you're doing well. 
thank you for adding Rorschach to your +favorites;
I appreciate it very, very much. ♥

Rorschach by sophiaazhou
marob0501 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gold Cup by KmyGraphic congratulations with the first place 
DasGhul Feb 9, 2014   General Artist
Welcome to :iconthenewelite:! :salute:
The--Pessimist Feb 4, 2014  Student Photographer
Hello there, kind sir!
I just watched an interesting video and I thought you'd like it too.
Hope you're doing well.
Have a great day/evening! :hug:
natur-mystik Jan 31, 2014   General Artist
EintoeRn Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:icondragonteaplz: - Danke sehr, mein Herr !
bindii Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Danke Dir lieber Florian :) :hug:
scheinbar Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Panda Bunny Neko Misc Emoji-07 (Applause) [V1] Danke schön Panda Bunny Neko Misc Emoji-07 (Applause) [V1]
Thanks kindly, Florian Super Green Peace
Danke für den Favoriten!
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scheinbar Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much
Paw Print (Light Blue) - F2U! Paw Print (Dark Pink) - F2U! Paw Print (Red) - F2U! Paw Print (Light Purple) - F2U! Paw Print (Blue) - F2U!:oldtv:  Paw Print (Yellow) - F2U! Paw Print (Lime) - F2U! Paw Print (Black) - F2U! Paw Print (Turq) - F2U! Paw Print (Pink) - F2U!
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marsellus-longus Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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nancy-long-ago Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave :)
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scheinbar Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heart - Free thanks so very much    Heart - Free
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vielen Dank Florian .... Truly appreciate your stopping by ....Handshake 
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Thank-you so much!  :iconhappysunplz:  :iconcloudsplz:
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