Since 2011, Titus Simoens has been working on a series of pictures of school pupils under strict regimes.

Blue,see shows young people at the IBIS naval college in Ostend. The photo series Mount Song shows students at a Chinese kung fu school. The last part, Los Domadores, is set in a boxing school in Cuba.

In these very different school lives, rigid discipline brings a sense of order, while years are spent on special forms of education, with the aim of giving the pupils prospects for the future. Simoens’ honest images capture these little moments of despair, camaraderie, loneliness and pleasure, in which the students escape the heavy hand of discipline and obedience.

This book also displays hundreds of snapshots taken by the students themselves with a disposable camera provided by Simoens.