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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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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  New Deviant
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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Xenaris Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Danke für die ganzen Favoriten! :)
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Birgit-Zartl-Art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
danke! :hug:
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KizukiTamura Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Thanks for all Florian :hug:
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Bittersweetuntamed Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You are victorious in my mind and a voice for all those suffering and yet to take the journey in discovering and defining themselves apart from one just surviving with this disorder. Love your bio!the pleasure is all mine in being able to view your works!
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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deviantART deviantART deviantART Huggle! Huggle! :thanks:
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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.
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