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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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Jompie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Happy birthday by Jompie
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ohlin84 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Photographer
Alles erdenklich Gute :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   Photographer

:iconhappybirthdaycakeplz::icondancingcatplz: Happy Birthday Florian!!:party::cake::icongiftplz: :iconbdayfireworks1plz::iconbdayfireworks2plz: 

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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday dear friend :iconcakeplz: :iconwineplz: :icongiftplz: :hug: :party: 
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Florian!
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martaraff Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   General Artist
I like how your new tag line combines "off" and "sane."
Hopefully, I will never have to meet YOUR psychiatrist... :fear:
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Tom-Ripley Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014   Photographer
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ChiFeng-dA Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
 ich hoffe, dir geht es gut....

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linneaphoto Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Congratulations on winning the Trees in the City contest a while back, you can find my promised prize feature here:…
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DOK-FITZ Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the supp!;D
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alisinwonder Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
:wave: :heart: 
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xristospn Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Photographer
hello! :) I have used two of your photographs to my blog, hope that's ok! --->…
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Thank you for the fav Florian :hug:
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Florian as always many thanks for the fave ad :D
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DasGhul Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   General Artist



WE ARE THANK YOU!                                                 

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OdinofOld Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for creating 'Defeated' it was the perfect piece of art to use as the ending to 'Spring' my journal and thanks too for the favorite on that journal, it really means a lot to me as I really admire your work
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scheinbar Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fine to wee you back again
thanks so much
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bindii Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Howdy my dear Florian! :)

Hope you're well!!! :hug:
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanx very much for your support :iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: 
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