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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
tumblr | Google+ | 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)

Blickwinkel Zeitzeichen (Germany, 2016)

Publications (excerpt)

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? 

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



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JJPoatree Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You have a wonderful eye! Photo walks help me as well!
KaizenKitty Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017   Writer
I need color :D

sth22art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Herzlichen Glückwunsch :hug:
Nachtblau Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Alles Liebe zum Geburtstag, Florian :huggle:
MarcCopeland Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   Photographer
:party:  :party:   :party:
Happy birthday!
I hope you have a good one.
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Have a happy one, Florian, wherever you may be :iconbirthdaycupcakeplz:
LidiaRossana Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Happy-Birthday by marphilhearts Florian, all the best!
ejohanne Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday, Florian! :party:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Happy Birthday! :iconballoonplz: 
KizukiTamura Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   Photographer
Bon anniversaire cher Florian :manhug:
shawnthewolf12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
 (I suck at German xD)
TofstoFs Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
:iconchampagneplz::iconchampagneplz:alles Gute zum Geburtstag !!
libelle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017   General Artist
alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Florian! :aww:

walking in the rain by libelle
musetta30 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Very, very happy birthday! :hug: :bounce:
Yaksss Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Have a great day, Florian !! ;) (Wink)    All the very best to you !!Beer before Liquor; will get you sicker Sun 
wiwionart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Beste Geburtstagswünsche für dich!Be A Candle in Someone's Life 
bindii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Herzliche Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag lieber Florian. :hug:
Hab einen wunderschönen Tag! Let them jump out of cake :flowerrain: +plz-acc 
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Tinytinyred (f2u)Tiny Heart Bullet (Red) - F2U!  Floating Heart (Red) - F2U! Floating hearts 1 Undertale - Determination | Red pixel heart | F2U :heart: rvmp Heart Emoji Valentine heart icon :hearts: Heart revamp |FTU| .:Red Pixel Heart:. 3 Red Hearts- Free To Use Tiny Heart Bullet (Red) - F2U! Red Heart Icon Lil' Red Heart Tiny Heart Little Red Heart Bullet FREE flying hearts Icon Share a little love... und noch viel viel mehr Herzchen und Glückwünsche zu Deinem Geburtstag lieber Florian.  
Art2mys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Happy Birthday Florian! :party: :ahoy:
fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
Happy Birthday!White Cream Cake with candles 50x50 icon 
SenhArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017
 Emoticon Rainbow  Emoticon Rainbow  Emoticon Rainbow 
 :gaydate:  Sparkle Hug  Happy Birthday, Florian! Sparkle Hug :gaydate:  

 Emoticon Rainbow  Emoticon Rainbow  Emoticon Rainbow 
augenweide Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Alles Gute Flori !!!
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