Week #37: Run

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Sep 6 and Sunday, Sep 13 (noon, Eastern)

“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”
– A. P. J. Abdul Kala

Polysemy (/pəˈlɪsɨmi/ or /ˈpɒlɨsmi/;[1][2] from Greekπολυ-poly-, “many” and σῆμαsêma, “sign”) – A word with many meanings.

In recent years, the word “run” became the word with the most documented definitions in the dictionary, overtaking the previous winner, “set.”

A staggering 645 definitions are attributed to the word in the Oxford English Dictionary, running dozens of columns of text. Think of all the various uses and idioms that use it: whether running a tap or a tab; running into, over, out, for, from; running aground or running amok… The list runs on and on!

This week, choose one of the uses of Run that speaks to you, and turn it into a photograph. You can be explicit with your interpretation, or see if the viewer can figure it out.

You are also welcome to use the “1a” definition of run: “to go with quick steps on alternate feet, never having both or (in the case of many animals) all feet on the ground at the same time.” 

Hopefully, we’ll have a diverse album celebrating English’s richest word.

Let your imagination run wild! 

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • There are hundreds of uses of the word Run for you to explore. Let your imaginations RUN WILD! Explore some of those uses here, and find one that speaks to you!
  • If you choose to photograph the traditional “run” definition, remember to consider your shutter speed – a fast one will freeze the action, while a slower one will maintain blur. Here is a video tutorial with some additional advice to consider. (The same advice can be given for “running water” –fast shutter speed to freeze the action, slow shutter speed to blur!)
  • Run, Forrest, Run!Looking for more inspiration? Check out our old Running album. For further semantic inspiration, check out this New York Times article about our Word of the Week. Need inspiration getting off your sofa? This amazing video should do the trick!

Extra Credit: A New Lens

No, that’s not a figure of speech, we mean literally try out a new lens. Rent, borrow from a friend, or buy a lens you never used before. You’ll be amazed at the flush of new creativity you will feel when handling a new lens. It’s a whole new world out there, see it from a different lens.
Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Have a challenge idea for 2016?