To photographers I say: you can get a computer, a scanner, and a printer, for a reasonable amount of money. So pool your resources with your friends. Make your shared space into a gallery space. Show your work there. You make your own community, and then you develop a context for the work and it automatically gets deeper. And they [the art world] will come find you.
For years, Cohen’s approach was to shoot three rolls of film over a two-hour walk, develop the rolls directly, have dinner, then go back to the darkroom, develop eight to nine prints directly from the negatives, and cast aside the rest. Cohen did this several times a week for decades. He estimates he has 600,000-800,000 images that he’s never seen or developed, not even on contact sheets.
What an incredible work process.
Are there still broken down cars for kids to play in where you live? Seeing this picture made me remember the mini cooper that was left to rot across the street from one of my parents friends, never locked. I can still recall the smell of discarded leather seats. Somehow, I never see abandoned cars anymore.