Poppy de Villeneuve (www.poppydevilleneuve.com) drew a greatcrowd to the opening of her most recent exhibition this past week at the Soho Grand Hotel, Manhattan. The specially commissioned series You Are Everywhere displayed immobile star struck individuals amongst the crowds watching live music.The exhibition will run until September 2nd so go take a look and be inspired. Here are Poppy's answers to our five questions.
Where is your hometown?
West Sussex, UK
What was the first thing that came to mind after your opening?
What time do I leave for Pittsburgh...I had a 5a.m. call time to drive to make work in a foundry...
Why did you choose this subject?
I chose people listening/watching music as they become so entranced and they become reverent. Music can be blinding. I wanted a subject that was simple and visual andaccessible.
What or Who was the biggest influence on your education?
I think Film/TV in general was/is a huge influence. I remember Twin Peaks and how it felt like such a different world. I wanted to visit that world. That's what taking pictures is for me, an invitation into a different existence. Also growing up between the wild countryside of England and small town Ohio was such a jolting experience that it influenced me in revealing the differences/similarities in people.
What is one of your favorite exhibitions?
Although I never saw it, I've seen several prints from Avedon's -" In the American West" every time I see those faces, it blows my mind...
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