Daniel is an Austrian photographer, born and raised in a village in Carinthia, he’s currently based in Vienna. He publishes his work under the pseudonymous Lichterwaldt. Daniel works as an art director for an Austrian pharmaceutical company.

How did the idea for the series come about?

I always adapt my series to the models. In this case, the rough, industrial setting was the right choice for Sophia and me. Without even knowing what to expect, we met there and would let things fully evolve. The only part that is prepared in advance is the wardrobe. The entire dynamic would develop on the set.

How did your shoot with Sophia go?

First of all we had a can of Coke, had some chit-chat and smoked some cigarettes. After the first set, we were strolling through some tiny streets to find cool locations. I always want my pictures to seem lively, spontaneous and improvised. And that’s what they actually are.

What inspires you?

Unique, extraordinary people. Discovering new things, spontaneity. I am always striving for more in life!

How would you define beauty?

Being natural. Beauty is something I feel attracted to right away.

Film or digital?

Well, both actually. But I did a lot of analogue work recently.

What makes you happy?

To be able to do what I want to do. Fun at work and fun in life. Hanging with my friends and enjoying life. Regarding photography, I’m always happy to see people and discovering new things about them.

What’s next for you?

My upcoming projects are 2 analogue series about Vienna, shot on secret spots though. But first, I’m heading to Echelon Festival near Munich. A great possibility to party and just reset my mind! I always have my disposable camera on me, which I have been capturing my life with for a few years now.