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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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martaraff Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Happy Birthday, Florian! *:heart:*
m-lucia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Happy Birthday, Florian! wishing you the best...! :iconhappybirthdaycakeplz: :hug:
mecengineer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Happy Birthday
lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pamba Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!
Xantipa2 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Happy Birthday BlueButterflies by KmyGraphic
xbastex Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday!
BrendanR85 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:cake: :party: Happy Birthday! :w00t: :llama:
SHEOG0RATH Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
:cake: Happy Birthday!
DieZori Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional
Happy Birthday :hug:
Jompie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Happy birthday by Jompie
ohlin84 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   Photographer
Ich wünsch Dir alles Gute. :)
augenweide Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
alles gute !!!
LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
 Happy Birthday - PNG by lifeblue  
batmantoo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag lieber Florian! :)
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spacedementchen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
hallo dort :)

ich weiß nicht, ob ich dir jemals für die zahlreichen kommentare gedankt habe.
nun sind sie mir jedenfalls besonders aufgefallen, als ich ein paar meiner fotos überarbeitet habe bzw. überhaupt mal wieder hier richtig aktiv war.
ich danke dir vielmals und freue mich sehr, dass sie dir gefallen! und du nicht nur einen guten geschmack hast (muse inklusive),
sondern zudem auch noch selbst ganz wunderbare fotos machst. ich fände es sehr interessant, mit dir zusammen zu arbeiten.
zumal du kaum menschen fotografierst (zumindest habe ich keine gesehen in dem teil der gallerie, den ich mir bisher ansah, ich gestehe es noch nicht komplett getan zu haben),
ich stelle es mir jedenfalls spannend vor, mich in deine fotos zu denken! danke dafür.

liebste grüße
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer

Herzlichen Dank, mein Herr !
scheinbar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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LidiaRossana Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Big thanks Florian, I really appreciate your visit :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Thanks kindly, Florian:iconwineplz:
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