For a split second, Uncle Vernon stood framed in the doorway; ...

The phrase sounds, to me, a vivid account. I could imagine that Uncle Vernon standing there in the doorway be just like a big picture with a frame around it. But I'm not sure if it's the correct way to understand it. What are the native speakers' take for this sentence?

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    "the correct way to make of it" is not idiomatic. You're not sure what to make of it or you're not sure if this is the correct way to understand it. Oct 23, 2018 at 8:59

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IMO, it's an amazing way to tell that the person was frozen for a moment. Well, since the place he got froze was the doorway, it might appear that he's stationary and the whole picture looked like a frame.

It's worth noting that in photography, you frame against something to make the photo stand out!

See the example:

She stood there, framed against the doorway.

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