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Where am I based? Born and raised in Mannheim, Germany. Now going back and forth from Germany to New York.
Why is this site called Off Color? I like colors, but sometimes colors restrain me to see the essential. I want to show you a world which I like a lot, but I don't want to set any rules or limits within it. You as a reader are free to find your own definition and likes - you set the rules. If I see it blue, you are invited to see it yellow. I don't care, just as long as you dare to celebrate creativity, too!
As a photographer, what camera do I use? I mostly use my Nikon D3400 now, but you can also find me taking pictures with an analog Canon EOS 500. My Nikon D5100 is currently out of use…
Am I open to cooperate on special projects? Hell yeah. I am open to any creative ideas, or also I will help brainstorming to create a cool project. What I love: talking about products, shooting lookbooks or outfits, trying recipes, slurp milkshakes and encourage to have a healthy lifestyle - no matter what! I draw, I shoot, I film and I talk a lot - so we will definitely find a way! Pitch your ideas to and let's discuss! I can't wait hearing from you!
Do I illustrate the things here by myself? Of course! Everything you can see on this site is made by myself. The music mixes, the photos, illustrations...I love using any kind of creative outlet to inspire all of you lovebirds out there!
How did I become more active? And am I really a runner? Yeah, yeah. I often hear the same questions  and people don't expect me to be an active nerd. I got curves and I don't look like all the fitness junkies out there. Fact is, I learned and I taught myself a lot about food and it's influence on our bodies. Being active helped me surviving during bad times and it made me a better person, I guess. With sport you can learn a lot about life in general and it helps you understand yourself better as well!
How can someone be more active? Good q! You have to take the first step and then everything else will work out! I started walking more, or going to work by bike. Then, I tried running and with running I learned about other kind of sports to help my running condition: yoga, boxing, swimming. Life is a training, running is a training - I am the student and I will constantly learn.
How do you treat your anxieties and mental health? This is something I suffered from the longest. A painful and intense journey, but today I can definitely say I feel strong and so grateful for my sensitive side. I was at the very bottom and gave up on everything… one day I started to take this challenge called life and just go with the flow. I took it day by day. Special people and tools like meditation, sports, and a healthier nutrition helped me finding a more calm way to succeed and smile again.
Why is it so hard to find access or general info about mental health? I am lucky to go back and forth between the USA and my roots in Germany. Unfortunately, for all the German lovebirds out there, it is a bit tougher to connect and learn about mental health. Germany is way behind when it comes education and spreading awareness on mental health - a suicide hotline is not enough. I couldn't find help or the right institution when I was in need, so I browsed for some quick help for anyone who's new to this. I don't know why these topics don't get much attention, but I am here to share it with you, so you'll have an easier approach and introduction.

USA (NYC - focused): 

Do I really care about the oceans? Or why am I obsessed with this…. Because you should be, too. I want to live the most healthy life I can live, but what if climate change is fucking our lives up? What if we destroy our nature and we start to poison ourselves with all the trash we throw around? - Hello reality. This is our current situation. Human mankind is awesome, but during our 250.000 years of existence (I'm talking about the homo sapiens here, the kind of human being we are today) we have destroyed a lot and we haven't finished yet. The dinosaurs lived in a time period  of 150 million years (even more, I guess) and their impact on this planet was not even noticed. How come we destroy this gift in 250.000 years? Are you accepting this? I won't. That's why I'm doing this.
What else do I need to know? Love yourself. For real. I hope I can teach you one thing here...
Can I ask more questions? Sure! Holla at me via Twitter, Instagram, or write me a love letter. You can also find my email above - write your questions down and I will answer back as fast as I can! Thank you ~



Katrin Schmidt
Cannabichstr. 5
68167 Mannheim

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