A few years ago I started a work around the "Time For Prints" modelling and photography scene. The arrangement is that, in return for photos, models give their time in order to receive photos from the session.
There seemed to be a compelling question of identity, albeit the shallow and empty simulacrum of a presumed and inauthentic one, within this arrangement. Both models (usually young women) and photographers (usually older men), were, in the main, amateurs without experience or knowledge of the industries which they simulated.
Each, in turn, (like re-enactors) adopting roles and actions which they had gathered, second hand, then appropriated and role played within the TFP transaction.
Whilst some TFP models and photographers really wanted to be models and photographers and used TFP as a stepping stone to become 'professionals', for most, it was always a simulation, an act, or an illusion.
For me there seemed something so sad about this.
Anyway the project never continued - just as sometimes they don't always - even though there were many interesting questions to explore within this enactment.
Ultimately, though, perhaps I was just role playing too until I found a project that made me feel like a 'real' photographer again?
Just going through the praxis of engagement and simulation....until this thing called photography seemed real once more.