Sunset, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland

Sunset, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland


Welcome to these pages showcasing my photography. Please take a look, and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Let me know if you'd like to purchase anything and we can make the arrangements. I hope to have a way to make that easier and more direct through this site soon.

My style of photography is realistic, but with an eye to unusual or particularly interesting light, perspectives or subjects, captured and rendered in a direct, honest way.  Among my favorite subjects are nature in the outdoors, including nighttime scenes, the sky and astronomical subjects; flora and fauna, smaller details and more abstract subjects, as well as the range of urban subjects: wide vistas, architecture, street scenes, interiors; and even the occasional portrait. I enjoy exploring new places but also delving deeper into familiar locations.  I try to maintain a balance between capturing scenes behind the camera but also soaking in whatever the location has to offer, whether it's the power of an expansive landscape or the energy of a crowded urban metropolis.

I have been photographing since before I was in high school, quite a while now. Though mostly self-taught, I feel I have benefited a tremendous amount from studying the work of many talented photographers and other visual artists. I have also learned a lot by joining with other photographers to shoot, share and discuss the results, gaining friendships along the way.  I have witnessed the development of photographic technology from the black&white darkroom through the digital revolution. The technology from capture to processing to output serves as a tool to produce high-quality images rather than being the end itself.

I have been fortunate in my training and professional career to be associated with astronomy. I studied at Indiana University, Bloomington and Case Western Reserve (Warner & Swasey Observatory) in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been associated with the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's flagship space science mission, for the last few decades. For much of that time I have been responsible for producing color images from Hubble's science data, a blend of science and art.  My experience with photography has given me tools to produce striking photographs of the universe that try to convey the awe-inspiring grandeur and scale of the universe.

Zolt Levay

The Eagle Nebula, also known as M16, a star-forming nebula photographed by the  Hubble Space Telescope  in 2015.

The Eagle Nebula, also known as M16, a star-forming nebula photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2015.