About the Project

Started: September 1, 2009

Planned finishing date: Sometime in 2013 (for now)

Long story or short story? I’ll give you the choice:

Short story:

The point of the project is just to get a visual representation of what UBC looks like in terms of people. You have the numbers, statistics, and what others claim. How often do you see it? Take a look around and you would be surprised by the people you can see: be it in your classes, outside on campus, or in the buildings where most people congregate. Keep your eyes open and see what you can notice.

Long story:

To come soon.

To see all the photos taken so far without having to go through previous posts, please visit the Flickr Set.




P.S.: This blog has no affiliation with the institution known as the University of British Columbia. Any opinions that are expressed or presented in photos/comments do not represent those of UBC.

P.P.S.: The images in this blog are not to be used for commercial purposes. If you want to use the photos as Facebook display pictures (only saying it because there are those who have used them) that is perfectly fine, provided that the person using the photo and the person in the photo are one and the same.

Update on October 27, 2009: Not too sure how relevant this is, but I have begun to notice that a few people I have taken portraits of have used their shots as profile display pictures for Facebook. Nothing wrong with that, and that being said it is actually REALLY awesome.


19 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. Natasha says:

    Good luck 🙂 Looks exciting so far!

  2. lam says:

    wonderful photos rabi, im expecting a big response from UBC XP

  3. Robin says:

    Wow, I am super impressed with this project and I think you are a really talented photographer. I hope that your amazing photography takes you far in life!

    • Rabi says:

      Thanks Robin!

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

      We’ll see where things go in life. It’s quite the rollercoaster sometimes (cliche I know ;))



  4. Daisy says:

    Wow! I wasn’t expecting this to be such a large project. 🙂 I’m really pleasantly surprised that you took initiative to do this! I’m excited to see what your pictures will look like in 2013. 🙂

  5. Tiffany says:

    This is a really cool idea, far-reaching, communicative, I’m quite impressed. I hope I run into you! 😛 Keep at it!

    • Rabi says:

      Hey Tiffany,

      Thanks! Didn’t think of the project as being communicative, but a first for everything I suppose!

      Hopefully I shall run into you as well. If/when I do, let me know!



  6. Hi Rabi,

    This is such an inspiring, fabulous project! I like pulling up your monthly collages and zooming in on the characters showcased there.

    I go to Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. The space between the two ends of Canada doesn’t seem large when looking at the diversity of faces here, seeing their responses to your questions and witnessing the commonality among us. The only difference I see: people there are wearing hoodies in February, whereas we’re still a bit bundled up. 🙂

    Best wishes to you!

    Be well,

    • Rabi says:

      Hi Rachelle,

      Sorry about replying almost a week later, but things have been rather…hectic to say the least.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment here. I really appreciate it and it helps to have comments such as yours to keep me going.

      It’s glad to hear that you see a commanlity. I personally saw it as well and was hoping others would be able to see it as well. It wasn’t really the initial goal of the project, but this is a very pleasant result.

      I was actually kind of hoping that we would have a fair amount of snow and get photos of people bundled up. That way it would seem as if all 4 seasons showed up 😉

      I hope you enjoyed the Olympics all the way from New Brunswick. They were quite exciting! Hopefully everything is going fantastically well for you.



  7. EtodaC says:

    Great project! I like how you’ve kept up with it so long; most people would have given up by now, good job man =)

    Hope to run into you one day.

    • Rabi says:


      Thanks, it isn’t really easy but comments like that help keep me going.

      And I think we have actually met once, or at least I think I saw you during the MUG leader training.

      Sorry for replying to you so late, I’ve been extremely busy lately.



  8. Mizue says:

    I’m an international student from Japan.
    Your work is interesting for me^^
    I hope to meet you on the campus!! Good luck–!!

  9. Trisha Roberson says:

    Hi Rabi,

    This is an incredible project, and I’m really impressed. I’m a 3rd year student at UBC, and I love the idea – seeing people I know and people I don’t in photographs all around campus is really nice. I just love the campus, and I am one who believes that pictures are much better with people in them, so it’s a great combination from my perspective.

    I can see so many possibilities with this and I’m really glad it’s happening, and it’s even more fantastic that it’s your own initiative.

    Best of luck in your endeavors,


    • Rabi says:

      Hi Trisha,

      Thank you so much for the kind words. It’s great to hear that you feel that way! Helps me work on this project some more.

      Good luck with your studies!



  10. Megan Gu says:

    Hi Rabi,
    I am really impressed by what you have been able to achieve in the past three years. I’ve been a fan of your project ever since I was in high school. The photos are really amazing. I’m just curious about how you started on the project. Do you just go to random strangers on campus and ask to have their photos taken?


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