Steel Frames and Industrial Content
This captivating photograph is full of mischief and drama. The staged composition and the exaggerated lighting give it a theatrical quality that is reminiscent of Americana illustration. The scene particularly references Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, but with a dark twist. We sought to match the gritty, industrial textures in the image’s scenery with a handmade, steel frame.
Rather than highlighting the lighter tones in the image with a modern white frame, we chose the steel for its industrial fabrication, its neutral dark tone, and its metallic highlights. When light bounces off the frame at its edges, a light grey tone is produced that matches the appliances and wires in the image. Simultaneously, the darker, raw texture of the steel beautifully compliments the high contrast shadows present in the figures and background. The welded seams of the frame’s corners lend the piece a particularly intriguing detail. We find the raw, metallic tones in this custom frame to be a perfect match for the picture’s dark, behind-the-scenes setting.