5 Questions with QEH Sixth Form Pupil Marcus Firebrace:
What subjects are you studying and what are your interests outside of the classroom?
At A-level, I am studying Geography, Biology, and PE. I am really enjoying these subjects and I think they will help me with my studies at university.
Outside of the classroom, I am also heavily involved in Outdoor Pursuits. I have completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and have also participated in the Ten Tors Challenges.
What would you like to do after your time at QEH?
I have always been really interested in the idea of making nature documentaries, and I always vaguely knew that I wanted to study photography. As soon as I heard about the Marine and Natural History Photography course at Falmouth University, I knew that it was the course for me. I've had my heart set on it ever since.
The course at Falmouth focuses on creating a message through the storytelling of film and capturing an emotive response from an audience to share a message of conservation. Falmouth also has an extensive amount of equipment which will be amazing to use.
What inspired your interest in photography?
I’ve always had a love for marine life. I remember being on holiday in Greece with my family when I was about 10 years old trying to capture images of fish on my Go Pro whilst swimming, and sitting in a bush photographing the bugs... meanwhile everyone else was relaxing on their sun loungers.
But, it was the opportunities I’ve had from the Outdoor Pursuits department at QEH that really solidified my interest in a career in photography. While spending three days in the great outdoors in the rain might sound like some people’s worst nightmares, I really enjoyed being outdoors and can really see myself having a career in it.
Whilst at school I have entered a few photography competitions externally, but I have also participated in opportunities offered at school such as the Lizzies (a QEH-led short film competition).
What will you miss most about QEH?
I know that I will miss QEH, the atmosphere, and the great friends that I have made here, however, I am ready for the next step.
I will also miss the opportunities that QEH has provided. Beyond Ten Tors and DofE, there are school expeditions like the one to Finland that I went on during the recent February half term. If it hadn’t been for QEH, I probably wouldn’t have been to Finland or had the opportunity to take pictures of the Northern Lights!
Will you revisit QEH as an alumni?
A huge thank you to Marcus for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. We can’t wait to see what Marcus goes on to achieve after his school days at QEH.
If you would like to see some of Marcus’ work, take a look at his portfolio here.
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