Uncensored, untangling. Emptying observations onto magnifying paper, for examination and understanding, and assemblage.

It’s a long story. Pull up a chair.

…when not carrying a camera…

…on any given weekend morning, you will find me at a nearby diner counter having breakfast – also eavesdropping on the locals, almost always strangers. It is retelling and sharing their circumstances and quirks that draws the reading audience to chime in with recognition and familiarity.

It does not matter if the yarn overheard is long or short, only that it is captured it as told, and that the storytelling does not get in the way of the actual story.

As an actor, my job was to interpret and deliver an already-written tale, performing as someone usually very different than myself. As a writer, my job is to record someone else’s experience in their voice, and to illuminate the connective tissue recognized by a larger audience.

A good writer will read between the lines, and spends a lot of time listening with intent to the raw, genuine essence of our humanity: our struggles, triumphs, our pleasures, pastimes, and our desires. I am an invisible eavesdropper, a capable and eager wool gatherer.  This is what I know, today.

~ Dar Dawson

If you are seeking me for photography, read this:

Welcome to Dar Dawson Photography + Design – I am a lifestyle photographer with clientele in Charlottesville and surrounding areas on both sides of the Blue Ridge.

I capture people, events, food and shelter.

Senior Portrait and student sessions are also available for bookings.

My passion is capturing the beauty, grace, strength and enthusiasm of people. I love working with non-models and regular people in daily life situations that highlight an aspect of who and what they are. I strive for a sense of honesty, humor, and authenticity in everything I do and my clients are the greatest people!

Booking inquiries, please email: octoberationlovenote@gmail.com and put “booking” in the subject header OR use this form.

Thank you!

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