18.03.09 by Jeff

April Gertler

I found these beautiful photographs of dioramas by April Gertler and as I browsed through the work on her site it struck me that I’d posted about a similar artist before. Then when I came across the fifth image (the owls) I was sure I had already posted Gertler’s work but her name didn’t ring a bell.

april gertler bird diorama still life photography photographer

april gertler bird diorama still life photography photographer

april gertler bird diorama still life photography photographer

april gertler bird diorama still life photography photographer

april gertler bird diorama still life photography photographer

april gertler bird diorama still life photography photographer

After some searching through the archives I found the image in question – a piece by Kim Boske. It is strange though because the image by Boske is flipped horizontally. There is no mention of either work being a collaboration and googling both names turns up zilch. This is a mystery I must get to the bottom of! Either way, I like the work!

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I will email the artists and report back!


It appears that both people happened to shoot virtually the same image inside of a Natural History Museum. This was something I hadn’t considered because neither artist’s website mentions a museum. Looking at the images now it seems painfully obvious, but they way these were described on April’s site in particular, I assumed she was constructing these herself.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • a.e.

    Ha! Those Owls look pretty sinister!

  • Chris

    That magpie is clearly experiencing its rendition of hell, whereby it has to suffer at the talons of those owls every day for eternity. It just happens that two photographers spotted the opportunity on different occasions.


  • Phosphor

    It looks to me like they’ve both photographed the same zoological museum, with stuffed animals? seems to be the easiest explanation…

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    ^it appears you are correct – when I first saw Kim Boske’s work I assumed (wrongly) that the diaramas were original – i received an email from Kim they are actually installations at a natural history museum – Boske and Gertler do not even know each other. mystery solved.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    kinda takes a bit of the magic out of it but not really, i still like the work

  • http://freshstorms.com Chris

    what I love is that both the Owl images are great in their own right. It’s interesting to see how two photographers interpret the same scene.

    Nice find and great connection!

  • Reed

    Did she say which natural history museum these dioramas were photographed in? It would be interesting to see them in person.

  • http://www.owlonholiday.tumblr.com Issyraph

    I think the photos are great, but i wonder if she has created the sets herself and the lighting etc or she has just gone into the museum and taken the photo straight up. They looked like they have been worked on quite a lot in photoshop. But i still think they are fabulous (and very similar to Boske)

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  • http://www.paoloruiz.com paoruiz

    these are amazing!

  • Rishu Ra

    Love the picture of the ducks. The one on the left really looks “satisfied”?

    great pictures

  • http://cox.net Aleska Sparks

    I love those photos:) They make my day better

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Watch the video below!

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Free Learning of the Day: Skillshare Classes

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This is for all you aspiring photographers, illustrators, and type designers out there! We’ve teamed up with Skillshare to offer you 1 month of unlimited access to all their creative classes, for $0. Free. You can sign up here for a premium account: Booooooom + Skillshare 30-day extended trial.

I’ve been personally trying out some of their classes and I just blazed through this great class on designing a single letter: “One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time” by the amazing Jessica Hische (I’ll always refer to her as the one who did that fantastic Moonrise Kingdom type). She has so many useful tips in this, especially when she talks about properly using handlebars and plotting points in Illustrator.

From what I’ve seen so far these classes are a great way to brush up on something you may have learned a long time ago or a chance to learn something completely new. Full disclosure: Skillshare did not pay us to make this post, however if you sign up through this link it will support our site! Absolutely no pressure to do so – I still recommend their site as a worthwhile resource even if you don’t use our link!

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