Simon Martin is a freelance portrait and documentary photographer currently based in Gravesend, Kent. His work focuses on the communities around him but, more specifically, the pursuit of happiness within these communities. Since graduating in 2013 Simon has exhibited work within the US and UK and has had success in publications such as Hunger Magazine and Something About magazine, shooting both documentary and fashion work.
Being a teenager is a daunting experience, even though we see it as trivial now, it can play a huge part of the person you become. With the British education system continually having its funds cut and the price of University increasing I wanted to look at other sources of education and influence for 13 – 18 year olds.
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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