While pho­tograph­ing ‘Upstate’, Sharif Hamza was work­ing against the el­e­ments, bat­tling with rain most of the day to get the per­fect shot. “We wanted to shoot dur­ing a warm and bright day, but it un­for­tu­nately rained all morn­ing un­til 3pm, so we did the en­tire shoot from 3pm to 7pm,” he says. On his favourite as­pect about the im­ages from the day, Hamza says he’s proud of the vari­a­tion of beauty rep­re­sented. “It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of Chi­nese beauty,” he says. “The girls have very dif­fer­ent fea­tures and are very di­verse from each other, which is some­thing I don’t think is of­ten ac­knowl­edged within Asian beauty.”

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