September 16th, 2013
by Dawn Goetter
Dale Zimmerman knows this better than most. As vice president of research and development at MicroVision, he is more than just an engineer – he is a visual scientist. His ability to see beauty in everyday objects and bring them to life for others is reflected not only in his work but a passion outside the job: photography.
For Dale, his work at MicroVision and passion for photography are what he calls “synergistic.” The process of capturing a photograph has pushed Dale to think outside the box and see beauty in objects that may go unnoticed, such as cracks in the dirt or a unique architectural detail of a nearby building. His knowledge and experience in visual display are helpful when he brings an image to print. He can identify what the image needs (such as color, contrast and pixilation) and the technologies and processes to get it there.
Dale’s interest in photography actually started as a side hobby while pursuing his degree in engineering. It wasn’t until years later when he was developing some of the first DLP display solutions at Texas Instruments that he really delved into photography and became immersed in what makes a beautiful image. The emergence of new digital technologies at the time allowed Dale to experiment with light and color to capture vivid photographs. Dale quickly became a skilled photographer and his colorful photographs of landscape, scenery and other abstract objects have been featured in art galleries, exhibits and books over the years.
Dale’s background in photography is also a tremendous asset in his role at MicroVision. His understanding of the importance of light, color and resolution in capturing an image enables him and his team to create display technology that can produce high quality images. Coupled with his background in engineering, Dale’s work is a prime example of how art and science can intersect to breakdown display boundaries.
All images copyright 2013 Dale Zimmerman, published with the permission of Dale Zimmerman.