They say that our childhood experiences help shape they way we are seen as adults. This could certainly hold true for Doug Levitt. He grew up in Washington D.C. as a Republican Councilwoman’s son and sang in a choir. These two experiences led him to a life as an activist and songwriter. He grew up being able to express his love for music, all the while absorbing what his mother did for a living. The combination of these two very different talents led him, at first, to be an overseas correspondent for CNN news. A respectable career choice, that’s for sure. That reflected the part of him that was interested in current affairs. This interest later morphed into his love of music while retaining his love for travel and documenting current affairs.
The way he documents it now and exactly who he documents is what changed. He seemed to mature into a man who was driven more by passion than career, all the while staying true to what he was. The end result of this is a man who is making a difference in America one city at a time, and getting there mainly by Greyhound bus. He seems to believe that the best way to tell the stories of every day working and struggling Americans, is by being on the ground floor with them. That belief is serving him well, as evidenced through his photography and music. This is a man with an immense amount of talent and drive whose artistic expressions help bring to light the struggles that we face here in America. If you have not had the time yet to check out his website “The Greyhound Diaries”, do yourself a favor, visit the site and go on a road trip with Doug Levitt. You are sure to enjoy the experience.