Thanks for the recent messages, I’ll personally reply to you all soon. Yesterday I cried most of the day, I guess I had to let it out. It’s strange because for a split second I could imagine the pain Van Gogh must have felt when he couldn’t sell his paintings. I’m in no way comparing my work to his but our lives have had similarities, thankfully I survived my suicide attempt though.
Anyway, I just want to say that the motive for my book was never financial, I only earn a couple of (£) pounds per copy sold. I earn part of my living from modelling and my Pay Per View site. What’s interesting is although I earn a sufficient amount from my paid images, the content isn’t as personal, however, through my book I am sharing my body and soul with the world. Since a couple of people have jumped to conclusions, I should add that it was never my intention to sell hundreds or even thousands of copies. I just wanted to share my personal book with followers who are genuinely interested in my work.
I guess I know all that I need to know now and it’s up to me, and me alone, to decide what I do/ don’t do in the future. What I do know is that I’m completely demotivated and won’t be sharing my new work in the near future, I’ve reached a hole in my circle of inspiration. I’m a loving person but sometimes I need a bit of love in return, a little support goes a long way. Best wishes, Rose
My photography used to be a therapeutic process but since my confidence has grown it’s also become an artistic project that I share with you all. I started my book project after a follower suggested it and it seemed like a good challenge. When I released my book, it felt like such an achievement but in reality it’s been a lonely one. Initially, it didn’t bother me if I sold books as I certainly don’t make much profit anyway. Then I started to think, “What’s the point if I can’t share it with anyone?” The fact is I can’t personally share it with people around me since they’re not interested or don’t approve.
I was looking forward to sharing my book with people who claim to like my work and I thought it would be a nice way to connect with followers. I was even planning on sending free prints of peoples’ favourites from the book, I guess I was deluded. Perhaps I should have done more research before embarking on such a project. Now I’m just left thinking “If no one wants it, I may as well take it off the market.” I’m not defeatist though and that would feel like such a waste of my hard work. Your honest opinions would be much appreciated, thanks.
Self portrait © Rose Valentina
Featured in A Summer of Nudes and it gets Vogue’s approval
The winner of my book giveaway is Josef Thomas Petsovits he seems happy to have won and I’m happy to give my book as a gift. I wish I could give you all a free copy of my book but I can’t afford to, sorry. Thanks to everyone who entered and for all the lovely comments and reblogs. Love Rose xx
I am giving away one copy of my new book: A Summer of Nudes it contains 152 photos taken in the summer of 2013.
One lucky winner will be drawn from my hat and contacted after the closing date. I will post the book to anywhere in the world. Good luck! Love Rose xx
Queen of the castle
Self-portrait © Rose Valentina
This is one of my favourite photos from my new book: A Summer of Nudes
I came across this old moat and ruins at the end of my day in a nature reserve and I knew I had to take some photos. I clambered over brambles surrounding the moat and ended up with many cuts and scratches on my legs but I feel it was worth it. I even built up a little audience but no one could get across the moat so I guess I was queen of the castle!
My surprise is finally ready! I’m proud to announce my very first book: A Summer of Nudes. All of the self-portraits were taken in the summer of 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed being nude all summer and capturing it with photos. I also feel it helped me gain more confidence and Mother Nature gave me the courage to show my face. :)
I will treasure this book forever and look back on it with fond memories when I’m grey and old. I’d like to share it with all of you too so if anyone would like a copy, it’s available via Blurb
Thank you. I used to use a self-timer but early last year I bought a new camera which has a little remote. Although I always enjoyed the challenge of using a timer, having a remote makes the process a lot easier for me :)
Tree harp, self portrait
Reblogging my favourite photo from 2013. I love connecting with nature whilst in the nude and last summer I was lucky to do so on a regular basis. One of the reasons why I am so fond of this photo is the fact that the sun gave me its love that day. The heart shaped light on my thigh is real and has not been manipulated at all. When I have pointed it out to friends, they have loved this photo even more.
Anyway, I’ve just found a photo on my computer from last October with another heart shaped sunbeam on my body. I will post it soon so keep your eyes peeled! Thank you everyone for all your love and support. Lots of love Rose x