For some of these kids, it's their first experience away from home. It's a time of discovery, self-accomplishment and excitement. Those teenage years can be quite confusing at times. I was one of those cadets and for six years, I shined my shoes and pressed my clothes. I kept my hair short and my face properly shaved. Six years of discipline and military salutes. Six years that inspired a documentary series of portraits which explores the burning envy of adolescent bliss and the quest for identity in a military context.

This series was awarded with the Magenta Flash Forward prize in 2013 and 2015.