There is an old mechanics shop south of downtown Denver on Bayaud where you’ll find Rob, Ben, their pup Lola, and the creative epicenter of Fin Art. Longtime friends and Colorado natives, Rob and Ben spend their days here practicing craftsmanship with friends, PBR, airplane wings, old conveyor belt parts, and copious amounts of sawdust.
I met them on a Wednesday in August and knew by Saturday that these were the good kind. The kind of folks you want in your life, to keep you real and keep you pursuing the authentic versions of your life you strive so hard to live. They say doing what you love is the key to success, but Rob and Ben don’t really give a hoot about notoriety or money, they just care about working with their hands and making people happy.
After six days of shooting spread over a couple weeks, I walked away from the shop and sat at my desk to sort through hours of footage and felt both empowered and inspired by their sense of purpose. Although the nature of our work is different, the starts seem almost identical. We venture into an old junk yard, sort through piles of unique material, and must summon every bit of resourcefulness to make something new, authentic, and valuable for the world.
It’s through these journeys we ultimately find out a little more about ourselves, leaving little pieces of our old identity hidden in each creation as we go, and discovering brand new layers of who we wish to become. Our art becomes a translation of who we are. The subtle curves, colors, textures that make up the final piece, all playing their own role.
Whether there is actually ever a finished product is yet to be determined. We will though, always be refining, growing, and pushing forth. One piece at a time.
Special thanks to Ben, Rob and James (in order of appearance of last three photos). I can’t thank you guys enough for inviting me in, sharing a few whiskey shots, and completely forgetting I was there to capture your story. Looking forward to seeing you go forth. Cheers.
Project filmed, photographed, edited by myself Shaun Boyte, with the help of a handful of trusted creatives who gave me brilliant feedback and pushed me to make this project what it is. Article written by Kelsey Brown.
To see more uncut footage, take a peek at the broll edit.