It's been a while since we left the A Frame. If we're going to collect every vintage example of its occurrence, we'd better pick up the pace!
As a refresher, the A Frame is simply a way of framing a picture using a man or woman's widened legs. You don't see the upper portion of the body of the individual providing the A frame, and your perspective is through their legs. It generally is a position of power, where the one below and beneath is submissive to the anonymous A Frame.
But enough talk, let's have a look at another pile of examples...
Perhaps the most famous example is the movie poster for For Your Eyes Only, an A frame we covered in an earlier post. This National Lampoon cover is a direct copy....
And this MAD magazine panel highlights the real reason the A Frame went viral...
...it's just so damn provocative. There's just something about it. It's not just the chick's butt, it's the feeling it evokes.
When it's the female providing the A Frame, it seems like things get sexed up a bit. We'll get to the male A Frames later - you'll see, there's a whole 'nother psychology behind the male A Frame.
|from the film Frankenhooker|
Okay, I said you never see the face of the A Frame body... well, that's not always the case.
And speaking of exceptions, you'll notice that there are subtle variations to the theme. For example, a textbook A Frame looks like this:
The legs literally provide the frame through which we view scene.
However, there are examples with a slightly different angle; where the anonymous individual's legs are a bit to the side...
But we could go on all day, straying farther and farther away from the textbook A Frame. Before we go off into the weeds, let's look at the Male A Frame....
It's pretty all about dominance and submission when the guy is providing the frame.
When the male is providing the A Frame, it's very often a position of clear dominance.
Well, we'll end there. Stay tuned for more A Frames, but keep your eye out for examples you come across and send them my.
You'll also note that the A Frame is in full effect today. There's A Frames a-plenty on current straight-to-DVD covers, etc. But modern day A Frames will have to be a topic for another blogger - this here's Retrospace. Cheers.