When was the last time that you interacted with a person from the other side of the society? Well, dropping a coin into the grocery store’s donation box is commendable, but have you ever actually interacted with people who have done time in the correctional facilities, or the homeless? Well, this is the part of society that Doug Levitt was targeting when he started on his journey of hundreds of thousands of miles across the country. A decade later and thousands of experiences after he boarded the first Greyhound bus, Doug is back with a collection of inspiring images and a profound musical album about the human condition.
For Doug Levitt, the journey of understanding the human condition did not start when he boarded the bus; there is a series of events that prepared him for the path that he finally took as an artist. Doug is the youngest son of the Washington D.C City Council Member and Candidate for the Mayor’s Seat, Carol Schwartz. When Levitt was 16, his father committed suicide, something which shocked him. I t also created a need for him to understand the human condition. He continued his undergraduate studies and graduated from the Woodrow Wilson High School. He proceeded to Cornell University and later earned a Full Bright Scholarship to study International Relations at the London School of Economics.
He was a foreign correspondent for some of the international media houses before he quit, embarking on his decade-long journey. When he started, he wanted to traverse the country and gather experiences from people who had had the roughest from life and were still pushing on. He has met and interacted with ex-convicts, illegal immigrants, jobless and homeless people, refugees of wars and many other people experiencing the toughness of life.
Besides the beautiful musical album that came from his experiences, Doug has also managed to capture more than 20,000 images of the people and situations that were part of his journey. These have been exhibited at the Kennedy Center and many other locations around the country. His journey is a real inspiration to everyone.