The scenery outside the factory window is similar to the background of the tea fields. This continuity of this imagery serves to unite the industrial and agricultural (commonly known as smychka in this period) methods of production.
In the factory they air-dry the leaves on the stands.
The worker is the only portion of the image that is not colored. This suggests that the actual identity of the worker is an irrelevant factor in the greater apparatus that is the factory. The worker’s anonymity draws the attention from him to the machinery taking up the upper half of the page towering above the worker, placing emphasis on the massive scale of the factory. Additionally, the presence of the truck itself might be a sign of the industrial prosperity for the Soviet Union.
The perspective on the factory’s architecture in the background creates an impression of limitlessness created by the receding, perfectly-geometric structure. Shterenberg was known for his interest in the emphasis of the perfection of geometric forms as contrasted to flat backgrounds, which comes across in the bold, sharp, red rungs against the unnoteworthy cream background. This image is reminiscent of the famous photographs of the Shukhov Radio Tower taken from the inside, where the perspective showed the metal beams supporting the tower continuing almost infinitely into space.
Shukhov Radio Tower, completed 1922.