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.

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 2 years ago

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

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Rogue Angel 2 years ago

Captivating eyes..

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Amanda 2 years ago

Wow, beautiful eyes...

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Elecia Windmeyer 2 years ago

This is beautiful

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Lynn DeBeal 2 years 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 2 years ago

Great vintage feel!

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Kjorn 2 years ago

no Wonder we saw ghost in old photo

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Anu 2 years ago

Beautiful

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Ronja Rövardotter 2 years ago

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

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Mermadic American 2 years ago

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

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Arientis 2 years ago

I love this image. I really relate

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Vesna Brnić 2 years ago

Someone took his fidget spinner and he doesn't know who.

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Amanda 2 years ago

Some of these look suspiciously like my sister

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Lizelle Makovini 2 years ago

Looks like a young Drew Barrymore

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David Peters 2 years ago

This double exposure is hands down the most stirring in the collection. Beautifully done.

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bpanther 2 years ago

Hasn't anyone seen a young Jodi Foster in her ?

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Kim Lorton 2 years ago

Seen too much as a child, and the eyes are already aged beyond his years..

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Diane DesAutels 2 years ago

Peter Pan?

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Coti Luttrell 2 years ago

I remember photos like this of my mom and her older sisters playing outside in the summers.

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Agnes Jekyll 2 years ago

Reminds me of Judith Cameron

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa 2 years ago

Harry Styles

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Ok Ha-Neul 2 years ago

whoa haunting

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Amy Radie 2 years ago

the best one

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Kim Lorton 2 years ago

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Too sexualized.

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Agnes Jekyll 2 years ago

Love this one

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