Photographer Simon Davidson has built a career out of photographing Australia's unique custom car culture.
The country's vast open spaces and strong domestic manufacturing industry helped fuel a love of fast, modified cars among many Australians, especially those who live in rural areas.
"I go searching for the snippets of peacefulness in these photographs and I try and rip everything else away and show you something that is quiet and serene," says Davidson of his work.
Originally a fashion photographer, Davidson says people often question why he now focuses on things like muscle cars and hot rods, which seem so violent.
But he says the cars -- and the people involved in the industry -- make beautiful muses.
"What drew me in was the blind passion of people, that someone would risk so much financially or socially...because it takes so much time to build a car or to have a past time that would soak up so much time."
Davidson now focuses on land speed racing, which he says is very "zen." "It's the most surreal environment you can be in. It's like a meditation with people trying to go really, really fast in these beautiful cars steeped in history."
He is also famous for his series of photos of Australian burnouts -- which is when a stationery car spins its wheels so fast that the tires heat up and create smoke.
There are entire car events held in Australia around burnouts.
Davidson says he takes special precautions, like wearing hearing protection and a respiratory mask, when shooting in these environments.
A burnout usually only lasts from 60 to 90 seconds but by the time it's over the car's tires -- and sometimes even its engine -- have been destroyed in the process.
A lot of thought and creativity goes into creating such beautiful custom cars, according to Davidson.
He says people will spend months working to get the design of their car perfect, from the shape of the vehicle to its paint work.
"When something is designed really well, there's a sense of harmony and balance. It's like a perfect song or the right tone, and it's the same with the lines on a car," Davidson says of the unique artwork on the vehicles.
Davidson's photos display the same harmony, capturing beauty among the noisy, testosterone-fueled world he covers.
"I'm lucky to have a back catalogue of images taken over the last 13 years of Australian car culture... it's a portrait of time," says Davidson.