What’s great about this photo is that if offers such a canvas of conjurance.
Depending on your background, philosophies, or opinions–it could bring images of American industrial might, the backbone of an economy(or once was). It could bring to mind throwbacks to 1920’s New York, when no one bothered to look back in America–everything was heading up and up, literally and figuratively.
Or it could put forth thoughts about the that specific feeling of hard labor, underpaid and overworked. The struggles of a Salt of the Earth lifestyle. The feeling of a hard day’s work.
Or, perhaps, like most things in life, it’s combination of the two.