Simon Davidson

Over the past decade it would be impossible to unpick the seams of Simon’s professional experience shooting car culture from his own lifestyle, driving first a custom 1961 pick-up and now a 1964 Ford coupe. Living the life creates a deeper understanding of what you’re looking at, what the cars are going to do and what the people driving them are thinking. That’s when being in the right place shifts from pure chance to something far more calculated. Instead of waiting on the sidelines, you can anticipate the action and be ready because moments are over in much less than the blink of an eye.

With his Burnout series he recognises beauty where it’s not immediately obvious. He finds expression in a car spinning its rear wheels with the single purpose of destruction. His images are superbly composed contemplations of the moment. Slices in time that hold the gaze with car, driver and movement balanced in an ideal expression of a sublime modernity.

His images of the Bonneville Salt Flats extend the vision, with the white saltpan acting as a stage of the infinite in which the inter-relation of speed, time and space are measured in absolutes. There is, quite literally, nothing there to disturb the pure expression of speed other than the salt on which they drive. This milky immensity becomes a blank canvas against which the carefully considered drama of petrol and steel is determined by the mechanics wrench and the steady pressure of foot on accelerator. Simon’s photographs detail the mood of refined power. It’s a celebration of speed that is nuanced by knowledge of culture and history that gives these images their incredible resonance.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2021   Summer Show. Group Show. Twenty Twenty Six Gallery – Bondi Beach
 
2019 – 2020   BURNOUT. Solo Show in conjunction with The Art and Industry Festival. The Outside Gallery 
 
2019   Salt and Smoke. Solo Show. The Machine Show -Braidwood
 
2019   Arflex x Yellowtrace. Group Show at Poliform. Sydney & Melbourne
 
2018   Burnouts. Solo Show with Standard Vision. Downtown LA illuminated billboard
 
2018   Under Civilisation. Group Show – Gympie Regional Gallery
 
2017   The Billboard Creative. Group Show on billboards around Los Angeles 
 
2016   Hot Rods. Group Show at The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
 
2015   Burnouts. Solo Show at The Australian Centre of Photography 
 
2014   The 9th International Biennial of Design Saint-Etienne, France
 
2013   End of the Roll. Group Show The Heavy Collective, Sydney
 
2013   Moran Photographic Prize. Finalist
 
2012   Salt and Smoke. Solo Exhibition, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
 
2012   Vice Group Photoshow. Sydney