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After thinking about your explanation ... wondering how the comp would be if you put the spike "through" the broken hasp to connect those two a bit more strongly.
I subscribe to the "What's the point" that you are trying to convey to your viewer, so when you ask that of yourself and get your answer, then it becomes "What can I do to emphasize my main point" ... and de-emphasize competing points/distractions.
Lots of tools in the toolbox to choose from, i.e. lighting, comp, contrast, association, color, lines, falloff, etc. Just watch that you aren't using some tools to emphasize your point while using others to emphasize your distractions.