Weekly Photography Challenge: Numbers

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Numbers hold the key to some of the best-kept secrets of the universe. They determine order among chaos, sequences in seemingly random patterns, predictability in the unpredictable. The elegance of numbers is just dazzling and one cannot imagine a world without numbers. How else would we answer questions like ‘how old are you?’, or ‘how many stars are there in the sky?’ – the latter was a trick question to throw you off.

If you take a closer look, you’d be overwhelmed by the sheer number of numbers we have around us. Be it  bits of encoded information on your phone or your daughter’s birthday, everything is represented using strings of these digits; intimidating, isn’t it?

When I read this week’s challenge brief, I instantly fixated on a fairly simplistic interpretation of numbers in our life – the license plate (or number plate, as we like to call it in this part of the world). Presented here is a photo of a crankshaft vehicle I stumbled across in Coventry, UK – it also makes you reflect on how quickly things go from ‘in-style’ to ‘outdated’.

Age may not be just a number after all!

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A True Classic

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