There’s a great set of photos by Simon Davidson over on Nowness of muscle cars burning out which are surprisingly beautiful despite the macho description. The images kind of remind me of the glorified idea of bullfights, but with the smoke of burnt rubber filling the air rather than dust and blood. I think the light is the other element that really makes these photos feel pretty incredible, his past in fashion photography definitely shines.
Switching from fashion to document the culture surrounding V8 Supercar, drag racing and burnouts, Davidson began shooting all over Australia during sanctioned competitions featuring the self-built, heavily customized vehicles. “With any extreme sport there is a moment of visual harmony when all the ingredients align in equilibrium,” he explains. “Photography has the power to reveal the beautiful frozen in fractions of a second.”