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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 |

Selected prints are available on

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.


The Obscure Camera (Wales, 2013)

Mengeringhausen - Ein Motiv - Viele Fotografen (Germany, 2014)


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)

Alternative 4 - The Obscurants (album artwork)

tumblr anyone? 

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





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seppukuu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
gibt doch fast nichts schöneres, als den neuen metal hammer-newsletter zu öffnen und dein foto in der teaser-spalte zu sehen. Clap 
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HeadacheVillain Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I am a HUGE fan of your work!
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MagdalenaPticek Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Photographer
lovely sense of composition you've got! love your work. :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
:party::cake::heart: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :heart::cake::party:
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Putago Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Ich wünsche alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   General Artist
Happy birthday dear Florian!
I hope you're well :heart:
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emokitten1155 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Happy Birthday! Happy DeviantART Birthday Happy Birthday Bliss 
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jarkui Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
auch von hier noch herzlichen Glückwunsch
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Freya7 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday Florian Hug
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xUnfortunate-Soulsx Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
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MissGrib Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Florian ~ :rose:
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Flubberwurm Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, alles Gute zum Geburtstag! :hug: Wünsche dir nur das beste. :heart:

Hah, halb Mitternacht, gerade noch rechtzeitig! :P
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tholang Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Lass es Dir gut gehen! Singing 
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Skyguy-Blackrose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag 1st Emoticon: Happy Birthday 
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday :heart:
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wiwionart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Hallo, Florian! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! Alles liebe für dich:heart:
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m-lucia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Florian! :iconhappybirthdaycakeplz: :hug:
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scottyboy-72 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday!
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