My Secret Life: Poppy de Villeneuve, photographer

Poppy de Villeneuve was born in London on 22 May 1979. Her father is Justin de Villeneuve, the Sixties fashion photographer who discovered Twiggy, and her mother is the model Jan de Villeneuve. Poppy herself began modelling at the age of 17 but found it "boring" so took up photography instead. She studied at the London College of Printing, and since graduating has worked for publications including Vogue and Dazed & Confused. She also exhibits regularly and her new show opened yesterday at Paradise Row in Shoreditch, London E2 (visit Poppy lives in New York.

I drive/ride...In New York, I ride the subway everywhere or I walk, as much as 30 blocks if the sun is out!

If I have time to myself...I go to the movies, look at photography books, imagine weird and wonderful places I could visit. Or I watch episodes of Lost on DVD!

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at...gymnastics and driving in the desert (though not at the same time).

You may not know it but I'm no good at...speaking any language except for English (but I do try...).

A book that changed me...Nine Stories by J D Salinger.

Movie heaven...Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Comfort blue cheese or popcorn (sweet or salty).

When I was a child I wanted to opera singer, an astronaut, an archaeologist or a trapeze artist.

I wish I'd never worn...hyper-colour, heat-sensitive neon T-shirts...and snoods (even if they are having a bit of a comeback).

All my money goes on...books and curiosities and 1950s furniture.

At night I dream of...rooms I never knew existed in my home. Quite fun!

My favourite building ... is the Chrysler Building in Manhattan, especially when it's lit up at night.

My greatest that I can't live in two places at the same time.

It's not fashionable but I like...Middle America, and being a nerd.

If I wasn't me I'd like to be ... a professional surfer, or David Lynch.

The shop I can't walk past...In London, it's Foyles bookstore. In New York, it's a place called Opening Ceremony which sells amazing clothes.

My favourite works of art...Pierre Bonnard's great series of portraits of his wife, Marthe, in the bath.

The soundtrack to my ever-changing!

The best invention the Apple iMac. It's amazing: I can actually be a brainiac on this thing!

ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

COO / Chief Operating Officer

£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...

HR Manager - Kent - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...

HR Manager - Edgware, London - £45,000

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits