Today we are talking with Jacqui & Brian Healy. Both are very talented photographers.You can visit their website and purchase their images at MTA. Both have been a part of the PSP community for a long time. Thank you to both of you for talking with us.
1) How did you both become a part of the PSP tube community?
Brian: I'd been taking photographs as a hobby, but wasn't sure what to do with them. Jacqui suggested that I license my photos for use to the PSP community, so I approached My Tubed Art & signed with them.
Jacqui: I started tagging after looking for images to use on our wedding invitations. I joined a couple of psp groups & got hooked.
2) What do the photos mean to each of you?
Jacqui & Brian: A lot of them are memories to times & places from our past & show how much we have grown as a family.
3) What inspires you in taking the photographs?
Brian: Everything. I can't say one thing really inspires me over another. If I see a shot that I like, I try to capture it.
Jacqui: Pretty much anything & everything, sometimes you just have to look to see the beauty in places you might otherwise not think to look.
4) How long have each of you been selling psp tubes?
Brian: I think I've been licensed with My Tubed Art for about 3 years now.
Jacqui: I started as independent photographer around 2007 & signed with My Tubed Art in July 2010.
5) What equipment do you use for taking the photographs?
Brian: I have a Fuji Finepix S1000 that Jacqui got me for Christmas a few years ago. That's been my main camera, although I'm looking to upgrade soon - money permitting - to a better model. I also have an old 35mm camera, but I dont use it much as film is seemingly becoming harder to find and work with.
Jacqui: I use a Fuji Finepix S8000fd & believe it or not sometimes I use the camera on my phone. I hope to upgrade my camera soon though, as Cameron our son has his eye on mine.
Both of you have such similar yet different styles, do you often influence each other in your artwork?
Brian: I think we both see different shots from similar subjects, but we are often both drawn to the same subjects so I suppose we do influence each other to some degree.
Jacqui: Not really, I try to do something different from Brian. I suppose after 18 years together, we kinda see the same things.
6)Aside from psp tubes, what else do you create with the artwork?
Brian: Nothing. I don't create from my artwork or anyone elses.
Jacqui: I do have some printed & on the walls of my office, although they are currently packed away due to moving house. I also got a book made up for Hannah our daughter when she moving to go to university, showing the different stages in her life.
7) As you have developed your styles and artwork, which artists have influenced you?
Brian: I'm not influenced by other artists, I like to work according to my own style.
Jacqui: None really.
8) Does the psp community help artists become more well known with getting their names and artwork more visible?
Brian: Yes, to a degree. Although I do think that photographers find it tougher to make a break through than other artists in the psp world.
Jacqui: I would say definitely, as I have prints & books from artists I had never heard of till I started PSP’ing.
9) What do you enjoy the most about being part of the psp community?
Brian: I enjoy the thought of getting my work recognised and used, and seeing what the creative mind can do with my images.
Jacqui: I like the feeling of being part of something bigger & I have made some amazing friends through psp, some of them are like family to me.
10) What are some of your favorite photographs which each of you have taken and why?
Brian: I don't have a favourite. I'm very self-critical of my work and think its all rubbish; Jacqui tells me otherwise. If I had to choose one, I would probably choose my single red rose against a stormy sky.
Jacqui: Three of my favourites are ‘Innocence’ – it was taken when the kids were little, I just love how natural & innocent it looks. ‘Grandads Crane’ – my granddad used to operate these cranes when I was a little kid, & it reminds me of him when I look at it. ‘ Nile At Sunset’ – to sail on the nile at sunset was a dream of mine since I was about 14 or 15 & I got to achieve this dream last year. It was everything I dreamt it would be & more.
11) Do you prefer tags with your art tubes animated or non animated? Or are both great to you?
Brian: I don't mind either way, if its a good creation.
Jacqui: I like both, I just like it that someone has liked a piece of my work enough to want to tag with it.
12) Do either of you do commissions for taggers? How about ideas for photographs which taggers may have?
Brian: I'm always open to suggestions, and I'd be happy to try my hand at commissions for taggers.
Jacqui: I haven’t yet, but I am certainly open to the idea.
13) Is there anything which you don't allow to be done with your artwork? For example mirroring, animation, etc.
Brian & Jacqui: Anyone who uses my artwork in their creations is free to do as they please. If they then want to mirror, animate or whatever that’s fine.
14) Would you like to receive tags which our readers may do featuring your photographs? We often love to send the artists tags by our readers.
Brian: Of course! I love seeing what people do with my work.
Jacqui: Oh yeah!!! Most folk who know me will tell you I am a total siggie piggie… lol