Simon Martin is a 26 year-old award winning photographer based in the South East of England currently working out of Gravesend in Kent on personal and commissioned projects mainly revolving around British culture. His series Cadets is an exploration of an alternative source of education for teenagers: the Royal Marine Cadets.
Pointing out the problem of the British education system that has its funds cut and its prices constantly increasing, the body of work Cadets is a look at other sources of education for the 13-18 year olds. Considering this time of life as a huge part of the person you become, “the Royal Marine Cadets is an after school program that uses the ethos of the Royal Marines to train young adults to complete various tasks. As much as the activities are mainly military based, the skills they learn are not solely intended to produce young soldiers but, instead, confident young adults. Leaving the cadets with the ability to achieve personal goals in the different walks of life they choose to follow”.
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