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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.


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)

tumblr anyone? 

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






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el-karamelo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
:iconsuperhappydanceplz: HAPPY NEW YEAR! :iconimeanloveqaz: Santa Clause 
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AiniTolonen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
thanks, Florian :aww:
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keinziel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Thx a lot! ;)
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thankWaitin' On Someone Special by Neonick19881988you:merry christmas: by luckylinxveryFrosty by melonhead-emotionmuch
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Art2mys Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I've always thought you were already on my watchlist so now it's sure ;)
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Anticherry Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thanks for suggesting my work. I got a DD :)
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Herculanum Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thank you a lot :)
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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AngelaNorthen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
:icongoldendaplz: Thank you so much, Florian! :icongoldendaplz:
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke Dir
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

~Thank you for being You~

  I've touched my dreams by ChristineKalliri

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baspunk Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
merci Florian :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
:iconlightedx-mastree3plz::iconlightedx-mastree4plz::iconcip8::iconcip8::iconcip8::iconcip6::iconsanta-plz: Thx Florian...wish U N yours a great holiday season Heart
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asiko-sand Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Thank you so much for the fav, Florian !
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AngelaNorthen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Thank you so much for faving, Florian! :iconblackcatlove-plz:
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconlilheartplz: thank you very much
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Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks for the stars!
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Passing by to say ~Hello~

I hope that everything is 
really nice there! (:
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