Feature Friday by Rise Collaborative

by / Jun. 12, 2015 2pm EST

Editor’s note: Each week Buffalo lifestyle brand Rise Collaborative scour Instagram for their favorite locally sourced images. Each Friday we at The Public will feature a few of their favorites, along with a little bit of info from the photographers themselves. To submit your Instagram photo use the hashtag #FFRisePublic


“Buying a drone has added a literal third dimension to my photography skill set. It combines two of my favorite passions (aviation and photography) and allows me to see the city I’ve lived in my whole life from a new angle. As soon as I got my drone I knew I wanted to get a photo of a Canalside concert, so I didn’t hesitate to head downtown to fly over the first one of the season and see Buffalo come alive to celebrate the summer.”


Buffalo comes alive in the summer #FFRisePublic #buffalove15

A photo posted by Christopher Hyzy (@christopherhyzy) on


“Early 2007 landed me back in my hometown after stops in Colorado and Philadelphia and I immersed myself in re-learning the corners of Buffalo. From around the age of 11, I’d always had some type of camera and was interested in photography but this exploration of Buffalo by bike and foot was where I gained most of my intrigue and passion. I instantly fell for our abandoned buildings, graffiti, street art, preservation, waterfront, and our pocket neighborhoods. I tend to photograph anything, anywhere, anytime. It’s important to keep honing your strengths and diminishing weaknesses. Equally important is listening to other photographers talk about their work, as I continue to find great inspiration in local photographers whose work has encouraged and influenced me to take my work to the next level. And so, Iroquois Films was born. This particular shot was taken at one of the best people watching places Western New York has to offer, the Midway at the Erie County Fair. Shooting at night is a challenging and highly rewarding experience, with lots of room to experiment and improve.”


You’re my ferris wheel.

A photo posted by Iroquois Films (@iroquoisfilms) on


“I graduated SUNY Fredonia Media Arts in 2002 after completely falling in love with creating on the computer in 1999. For years I freelanced websites, random design work, IT support, etc. until one day my beautiful wife Nicole and I finally came up with the idea for our business name “Stu Stu Studio” which had a ring to it that most people would remember, while also symbolizing us two Stu’s! The best part was when we found out was already owned, I reached out to the current owner to see if they planned on using it or would possibly sell it and they gladly gave it to us at cost! Sometimes things are 100% meant to be in my opinion. Photography has gone from an occasional pastime, to a passion. The convergence of high quality digital cameras and computer software to process the images really played to my skills and experience. I gravitate toward long exposures, landscape, architecture, and black and white photography. My work has been featured online by Adobe, Flickr, Google, and 500px with my most popular photo receiving over 31 million views.”


Erie County Courthouse #buffalo #buffalony #city #potd #photooftheday #architecture

A photo posted by Michael Stuart (@stustustudio) on


“My wife and I grew up in the Rochester area—lifelong Sabres and Bills fans. After attending college out of state, we moved around the southeast/midwest for five years. With all the excitement Mr. and Mrs. Pegula were generating and the revitalization movement downtown, we knew there was no other city in the country we’d rather settle down in. So we made the move this past March! This was our first Thursday night concert series at Canalside. Matt and Kim kicked off the summer in grand fashion with one of the best shows we’ve ever attended. Looking forward to many, many more!”


Face rocked off by @mattandkim. What a show!

A photo posted by Brendan (@b_h) on