The work of Doug Levitt has taken many different directions over the years as he has developed his career as an artist over more than a decade of traveling the U.S. by bus in what he describes as some difficult conditions. Levitt has been looking to tell the stories of the people he meets on the road as he feels they often feel disenfranchised from the majority in the U.S. who are spoken about and to by the mainstream national media; as he has traveled the country, Doug Levitt has recorded his own journey and the stories of people he meets along the was as part of “The Greyhound Diaries” project.
Doug Levitt admits to being inspired by the WPA program of the 1930s that saw some of the most impressive U.S. artists of the time funded by the American government to record the trues story of “The Great Depression”. “The Greyhound Diaries” journey of Doug Levitt began in 2004 when he set out to travel by bus to build support for the Presidential campaign of John Kerry, but has continued ever since Levitt found himself sitting side by side the people most affected by the 2008 economic slowdown the former CNN correspondent began discussing long before the major news outlets identified the issue. Click here to know more.
Doug Levitt has been looking at the world in a slightly different way to the rest of us for a number of years as he shifted his focus a number of times as a student after beginning his studies in the sciences and completing them in political science. Eventually, Doug Levitt found himself based in London as a foreign correspondent for a number of media companies, but felt the need to explore a creative side of his personality that had been neglected since his teenage years; Levitt also points to the death of his father as a major reason for looking to develop an artistic outlet that has been explored through “The Greyhound Diaries”. After completing more than 120,000 miles on buses over more than a decade, Doug Levitt continues a journey he hopes will raise the profile of the needs of U.S. citizens in all areas.