Spanish artist Jacqueline Roberts swims against the tide, reviving 19-th century photography in the digital era. Jacqueline's work mostly revolves around the psychological and emotional transition from childhood to adolescence, and the technique she uses further intensifies the eerily change, making the images look like something you'd find in your nightmares.


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Wet plate photography (also known as the collodion process), is said to have been invented in 1851, almost simultaneously, by Frederick Scott Archer and Gustave Le Gray. Although the process required a portable darkroom, it combined desirable qualities of the calotype process (enabling an unlimited number of prints from a single negative) and the daguerreotype (creating a sharpness and clarity that could not be achieved with paper negatives). The technique quickly became really popular and was used for portraiture, landscape work, architectural, and other types of photography.

"For me, wet plate photography is a fascinating process on so many levels," Roberts told Film's not Dead. "From preparing the chemistry, cutting the glass, flooding the plate, developing and fixing to finally holding in my hands a beautiful glass photograph. I love the ceremonial aspect of it, as much as the craft involved."

The self-taught artist often chooses kids as her subjects but for other reasons than the majority of photographers. "I disagree with the common perception that sees children as 'cute-innocent- creatures'. I find this notion condescending and manipulative. What I love about them is their rawness, their fresh unawareness, their uncompromising ability to be as they are."

Probably the best result of Jacqueline's work is her brilliant book called Nebula.

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Sheila Stamey 3 weeks ago

This is gorgeous! No nightmares here. Just a lovely young lady.

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Rogue Angel 3 weeks ago

Captivating eyes..

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Amanda 3 weeks ago

Wow, beautiful eyes...

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Elecia Windmeyer 3 weeks ago

This is beautiful

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Lynn DeBeal 2 weeks ago

Conceptually beautiful, but also sexualizes the girl by her position, her dress being pulled up and undergarment showing. While the boys are a totally different tember. Longer pants. I think it has become so much the norm in this day and age most of us don't recognize it.

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lindsayaotter 3 weeks ago

Great vintage feel!

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Kjorn 3 weeks ago

no Wonder we saw ghost in old photo

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Anu 2 weeks ago

Beautiful

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Ronja Rövardotter 3 weeks ago

Wow, beautiful girl. She looks a little like a fairy.

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Mermadic American 2 weeks ago

Does anyone else see the eyes..? There are like 3 or 4 just floating in the black.

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