Being a teenager is a daunting experience. We may see it as trivial now, but it can play a huge part in the person we become. With the British education system continually cutting funds and the price of university increasing, photographer Simon Martin wanted to look at other sources of education and influence for 13 to 18 year-olds.

The Royal Marin Cadets is an afterschool program that uses the ethos of the Royal Marines to train young adults to complete various tasks. Although 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.   

How to View

During the day, the installment can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.

About the Artist

Simon Martin is a freelance photographer based in southeast England focusing on British culture and the pursuits for happiness. Since graduating in 2013 Martin has continued to focus on subcultures within the UK. He is currently focusing on personal projects based around the idea of “clone towns” and the loss of identity through globalization.


Image: Simon Martin, On Parade.