Lotman intentionally left out captions for the photos, allowing the viewers’ imaginations to wander and fill in the blanks with their own stories. The list of locations and dates is added as an index at the end of the book.
Lotman included a wide variety of subjects for his photos, from architecture and cities to people and daily life. But people – human activities and human emotions, both good and bad – are a key feature and a recurring theme in the book. The context and meaning behind each photo are subjective.