One weekday last spring, we asked more than 30 photographers to fan out at the exact same time — around 4 p.m. — to capture the soul of UCLA on a typical afternoon. Here’s what they found.
By Delan Bruce | Photography by UCLA Magazine |
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” —Omar Khayyam, 11th century Persian scholar and poet
Watch our video, capturing selected moments from the day:
The Dalí Bruin | Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios
At the graduate art studios in Culver City, Nehemiah Cisneros, an M.F.A. candidate at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, works on larger-than-life surrealist paintings that express his Angeleno identity.
Under the Microscope | Biomedical Sciences Research Building
Jennifer Achiro, an associate project scientist, studies how the brain forms long-term memories.
Reaching the Peak |Rock Wall
A bold climber takes on the Rock Wall in the John Wooden Center.
I’m Only Humanoid |Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at UCLA
Professor Dennis Hong works with a student on the robot Artemis, possibly to increase its 2.1-meters-per-second walking speed.
Face Time |Kerckhoff Hall
Colorful stained-glass windows surround stylist and model as they prep for a UCLA Store photo shoot.
No Badge Needed |UCLA Campus Police Station
Police K-9 Kylo lends a helping paw (or two, or four) to UCLA Police Department officer Tiffanie Hand and another officer.
Social Studying | Black Bruin Resource Center
Students in the Black Bruin Resource Center — backpacks and laptops in tow — enjoy the 2-year-old center’s space in Kerckhoff Hall.
Tapping In | MacGowan Hall
Students warm up for a Dance for Music Theater class with Cheryl Baxter in the School of Theater, Film and Television.
Room to Roam |Stunt Ranch
The UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve in Calabasas got its name from the family that homesteaded the property in 1885. These days, plant physiology studies, conservation genomics and other research projects progress on the 310 acres of the reserve, overseen by assistant director David Blake (pictured) and others.
All That Racket |Sunset Tennis Courts
Two competitors square off on a court at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
On the Road Again | Santa Monica
The Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA has been serving the Southland since 2001. The wheeled service provider pops up all over L.A., connecting underserved communities with social and health resources.
Figure of Speech |Near Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Chancellor Gene Block giving remarks at the fifth anniversary celebration of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families.
Primed to Play |Outside the Faculty Club
Student musicians Carlos Oliva (vihuela), Alaina Stark (harp) and Aviv Schifrin ’23 (trumpet), on their way to give a mariachi performance.
The Moment of Tooth |School of Dentistry
Tara Makabi, a student in the UCLA School of Dentistry, practices on an artificial set of pearly whites.
Split the Difference |Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
A twisty tree with a split trunk symbolizes Bruin perseverance.
The Sound of Music | Herb Alpert School of Music
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Wind Ensemble perfects a piece with Professor Travis Cross.
Hammer Time | The Hammer Museum at UCLA
Museumgoers walk around and through the Hammer Projects: Chiharu Shiota installation in the newly redesigned lobby of the Hammer. The Osaka-born, Berlin-based Shiota is the first artist featured in the lobby since its reopening in March 2023.
It Takes Five to Tango? | Royce Hall
Staff set up for a concert featuring Latin Grammy Award–winning ensemble Quinteto Astor Piazzolla, ingenious interpreters of the music of the legendary Argentine composer, who created New Tango in the 1960s.
Architechnique |Perloff Hall
Fanciful models and materials await the hands of architecture and urban design students in the brightly lit makerspace.
Accommodation Station | BruinHub
The John Wooden Center’s BruinHub, a collaboration between cityLAB and a host of campus administrators and advocates, supports student commuters.