The horsepower and the passion

Sunday, 11 June 2017, 01:55:34 AM. THERE is beauty in a plume of burnout smoke, and poetry in the roar of an unmuffled engine — at least according to Simon Davidson.

The photographer has made an art form of capturing the drama and fury of Australia’s revhead scene, proving it’s not just car enthusiasts who can appreciate the elegance of a gleaming exhaust.

His works, which sell for up to $2500, are hung on the walls of serious art collectors, as well as adorning the walls of fashion designers Alice McCall and Genevieve and Alexandra Smart, of Ginger and Smart, and being used in campaigns for labels like Dior.

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts. Picture: Simon DavidsonSource:Supplied

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Simon Davidson’s amazing pictures of cars doing burnouts are works of art. Picture: David Swift.Source:News Corp Australia

Seven years ago Mr Davidson — who had previously worked in fashion photography — found himself falling in love with the burnout scene.

“I really felt they were quite wild and weird and I just kept going to them,” Mr Davidson said.

“I had a feeling I was witnessing history.

“The competition is loud and it’s dirty, so what I wanted to do was take it to someone who doesn’t like the car culture and have them say ‘Wow, it’s amazing’. I want them to see the beauty,” Mr Davidson said.

photo galleryFrom high rev to high art!

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson1 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson2 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson3 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson4 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson5 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson6 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson7 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson8 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson9 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson10 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson11 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson12 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson13 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson14 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson15 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson16 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson17 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson18 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson19 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson20 of 20

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Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

Photographer Simon Davidson has made a name for himself with his photos of cars doing burnouts, turning a rev-head passion into fine art. Picture: Simon Davidson

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While shooting, Mr Davidson disconnects himself from the noise and the fumes and said the colour all comes down to tyre technicality.

“While I’m watching the burnout, it becomes almost a dance,” he said.

“The tyres are specifically designed to make the colours. You can even buy them, chuck them on your car and leave a trail of pink smoke.

One of the thrills of photographing the car scene is interacting with a particular slice of Australian culture, he said.

“A lot of the people can be quite rough, it’s a very blokey world but among that is a lot of beauty and passion,” Mr Davidson said.

“That’s what I wanted to do more than anything else, to show something that people had a preconceived belief about and make that beautiful.”

Mr Davidson has had a massive response from people all around the world, even as far as France and the United States, where art collectors and car enthusiasts alike are fans.

“I want to spread the love and I’m happy for anyone to connect with my work, everyone appreciates the uniqueness of the culture,” Mr Davidson said.

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