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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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Igor-Demidov Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Great that you've putted my gal under watch! Hope you'll like my future shots!
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer

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feedmeorchids Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen Dank fürs Favorisieren, Florian!
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015   General Artist
Ok, now, don't get me wrong!
I still think that if you are a) "sane" and b) also feel like it, it is perfectly fine! :salute:

But srsly: just for that "sane = offline" statement, you still deserve to be burned alive.
While your "doctor", on the other hand, deserves to be burned alive, spat upon, and be eternally remembered by nothingness.

You just seem so DIFFERENT now, from anyone else ever admitting to have ISSUES.
Der Koerperraum by DasGhul
And no, that is NOT meant as a compliment. :yum:
Filterkaffee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
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Xenaris Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Du fehlst hier, auf dA. Zumindest mir.
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AlmAArietis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
feedmeorchids Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke Dir, Florian!
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2011 by Brigitte-Fredensborg Florian and thank you for all your support through all the years :iconchampagneplz:
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
        2015, is here.
        We, are here.

(If only moments remain) by ChristineKalliri

 Let us genuinely… Be.
y5y6 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmerry Christmas!
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
             Little Pixel Heart by Kawiku
             Little Pixel Heart by Kawiku
             Little Pixel Heart by Kawiku
             Little Pixel Heart by Kawiku
             Little Pixel Heart by Kawiku
bebefromtheblock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014   Photographer
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dekorAdum Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly for the fav!
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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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