Dented Tuna Can Lid

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© Jan Hoffman
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Dented lid on blue light box.

(Intentionally off-center)

74 responses

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (2 Jan 2008):

    Very original shot, very clean.

  • debra raskin

    debra raskin gave props (3 Jan 2008):

    very different..never would of guessed if you didnt say

  • thomas mueller

    thomas mueller gave props (4 Jan 2008):

    very graphical and minimalistic shot. beautiful blue!

  • Angelica De La Cruz Nuñez

    Angelica De La Cruz Nuñez said (6 Jan 2008):

    I love the sharpness of the can. And te contrast is quite awesome!

  • Marcus Way

    Marcus Way said (8 Jan 2008):

    I like it. What an iconic image, I love the dent it enhaces the perfect shapes around it. The circles appear like a shrine to the dent. Or maybe it's a belly button.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (8 Jan 2008):

    Marcus -- Thanks for your insightful comment regarding the tuna can lid. The idea of the dent was to "break" the industrial perfection of the lid; for the same reason the lid is NOT centered in the frame. I have shown this picture elsewhere and some critics have been driven nuts by the off-center imperfection.
    --Best regards, Jan
    PS: there are OCD sufferers everywhere

  • Gabriel Dorin Ursa

    Gabriel Dorin Ursa said (9 Jan 2008):

    nice texture

  • Tesha Farlow

    Tesha Farlow gave props (9 Jan 2008):

    I like the simplicity

  • James Wei

    James Wei   gave props (11 Jan 2008):

    Wow, simple but effective!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (13 Jan 2008):

    It HAS to be off-center just as it HAS to have the dent. And thank goodness you need abide by the rule of thirds in this image! And the interesting thing is, as I gaze at it then move my eyes off, I see after-images all over my screen of the can and its concentric rings! Awesome how it works!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (13 Jan 2008):

    Thanks Richard; I can tell you "get it".
    The image can drive one a bit nuts. I posted another picture of venetian blinds that has an even stronger effect on the eyes when the image is moved up and down. View that one at your own risk. :)
    --Best regards, Jan

  • Benjamin Leong

    Benjamin Leong said (22 Jan 2008):

    Pop art!

  • Joel Aron

    Joel Aron gave props (22 Jan 2008):

    love it!! nice one pops! off centered perfectly!!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (22 Jan 2008):

    Joel -- HAH! The story of my life... :)

  • Susan Sardiñas B.

    Susan Sardiñas B. said (24 Jan 2008):


  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis said (25 Jan 2008):

    this is a fave.

  • Richard A. Rykard

    Richard A. Rykard said (3 Feb 2008):

    I dig the fact that it's off center, the assymetry is what makes the image arresting--and that intense blue, bravo. I made it a fave as well...Love that blue.

  • adam

    adam said (13 Feb 2008):

    you sir are an artist.

  • Jacobz Johan

    Jacobz Johan gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    beauty is simple 8)

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2008):

    So clean and crisp! Very nice!

  • Thomas Bouve

    Thomas Bouve gave props (22 Mar 2008):

    Great abstract shot. I'd love to hang this on my living room wall!

  • James Walsh

    James Walsh gave props (1 Apr 2008):


  • Mauricio Jimenez

    Mauricio Jimenez gave props (4 May 2008):


  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (16 May 2008):

    WOW - no clue when checking out this -n- thumbnail!; what a great entry and clean pic

  • Ken McElroy

    Ken McElroy gave props (1 Jun 2008):

    Hmmm, Warholish without the commercial - I like it.

  • Kendra Vittorini

    Kendra Vittorini said (21 Aug 2008):

    Great idea! What an original photo and great colors!

  • Karen Seifert

    Karen Seifert gave props (11 Sep 2008):

    Rothko-ish. I like.

  • Margo Edge

    Margo Edge said (21 Sep 2008):

    Interesting. I love it

  • Atisha Paulson

    Atisha Paulson gave props (18 Nov 2008):


  • Gregory Mencotti

    Gregory Mencotti gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    As much as we'd all like to be perfect, we're all dented. Outstanding shot!

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (25 Feb 2009):

    Excellent idea !

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Cool Shot Jan! Gets My "Yeah!" Vote!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    Excellent capture! Well done. My vote

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    to be honest, excellent photograph, you have my vote and my fav

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    neat compositon - great color

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    Delightful to behold!

  • Erika Pisu

    Erika Pisu gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    simple and effctive.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    Food for thought :-), as well as eyecatching. Love it, Jan. Wish I could vote more than once.

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    yes, cool

  • Konrad Ragnarsson

    Konrad Ragnarsson gave props (17 Jun 2009):

    My vote,like it very much++++++

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    this is great. very, very great.

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    Brilliant in its simplicity!! Voted...

  • Michelle D

    Michelle D said (24 Jun 2009):

    GREATshot, i love it!

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    Love this shot!

  • Michael Risenhoover

    Michael Risenhoover (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2009):


  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (29 Jun 2009):

    Simply too colorful...voted

  • Andrew Graham

    Andrew Graham gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    Simply beautiful and concise.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    Oh yea it rocks!

  • Elise Kihntopf

    Elise Kihntopf gave props (9 Jul 2009):

    Nice very Nice

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (11 Jul 2009):

    got my vote

  • David Ramirez

    David Ramirez gave props (12 Jul 2009):

    Interesting abstraction!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (16 Jul 2009):

    voted of course!

  • claudio gobbi

    claudio gobbi gave props (21 Jul 2009):


  • Stuart Thomas

    Stuart Thomas gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    The imperfection is perfect. Very nice shot.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Aug 2009):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    Back for your vote - this rich colour has been in my mind for quite sometime! Great one

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (6 Aug 2009):

    very cool! yes!

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    love the simplicity

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (12 Aug 2009):

    This just ROCKS! Voted.

  • Theerapong Bhothirungsi

    Theerapong Bhothirungsi gave props (15 Aug 2009):

    simply beautiful!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (16 Aug 2009):

    Love it!!!! Frame it and hang it in a gallery!!!! Warhol would love it as do I.

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (18 Aug 2009):

    Very interesting and a good entry!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (19 Aug 2009):

    Great contrast--geometrically pleasing

  • Oriel Banne

    Oriel Banne gave props (23 Aug 2009):

    lovely, my vote

  • M A A Q

    M A A Q gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    Very nice, I like it. Voted!

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    love it- delightful dimple and all

  • Mig

    Mig said (26 Aug 2009):

    I think of this pic every time I open a can!

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Very creative!

  • s w

    s w gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    wow this is so great! creative indeed! an easy vote

  • Chuck Schoenberger

    Chuck Schoenberger gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    Voted. What a great and simple shot.

  • Norman Caldwell

    Norman Caldwell (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2009): the contrast and color!

  • Rafael Alcaraz

    Rafael Alcaraz said (18 Mar 2010):

    Great idea simple shot yet somehow thought provoking. Just one question how was the tuna ? ...............

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (18 Mar 2010):

    The tuna was excellent in the tuna salad that it became....

  • Kathleen Battan

    Kathleen Battan gave props (20 Mar 2010):

    Great shot! Perfect for the theme

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