Pleun Bouricius

151 Pleasant St., Plainfield MA

AgathaO is my photographer alter ego. She is an intrepid dame of a certain age who who roams a
bog with her hound — and tends to tumble into it in pursuit of the right shot. AgathaO ’s photographs
include detail studies, found still lifes, and emotional landscapes in which she catches nature in the act
of presenting itself as the highest art, undressed and open to the gaze of the latest passer-by.
Seductive, entrancing, enchanting, as much as rotting, stinky, and oozy. Almost unseemly at times.

In my work, I approach nature from below, highlighting the beauty in the rich detail that surrounds us,
much of it hidden and overlooked, too small to see, or caught up in something to which we have a
learned response like “yuck,” or “brrr.” I try to do the same with my own experience of nature,
expressing the feelings of joy, longing, and sensual delight that come with the seasons and the mood
or smell of a particular day.

I share much of my work on my website,, where I also sell printed greeting cards,
framed and matted prints, and small books and other products. I also exhibit and sell (often larger)
work I print and frame myself.

Pleun Bouricius/AgathaO bio:

AgathaO is the photographer alter ego of Pleun Bouricius, the author and owner of, a
photo-blog and online shop with numerous essays and images that takes on nature, ideas, and art in
equal measure. She published a collection of prose-poetry and photographs from the website,
entitled The Bog, in 2017, and will be publishing another in 2019 entitled, Beech (forthcoming). She is
also the principal of Swift River Press — History/Communications by Pleun Bouricius. She blogged for
the Public Humanist (2008-2013); is the architect and main author of the collaborative project Hidden
Walls, Hidden Mills, a series of history/ecology adventures in Plainfield, MA; authored and designed,
with Dario Coletta (photography) the 2010 Barns of Plainfield calendar and a bunch of other stuff for the
Plainfield Historical Society; and she devised, designed, and authored an early (2001) online guide to
women’s history resources at Historical Collections in Harvard Business School’s Baker Library,
entitled, Women, Enterprise, and Society. She has a BA in history, women’s studies, and photography
from Montclair State College, New Jersey; and a MA, in English, and PhD, in the History of American
Civilization, from Harvard University.

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