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Jim Batty

For over 25 years I have worked in photography and graphic design. I have been lucky to be able to bring photographic and graphic design together and work with them in harmony.

In parallel to this, and especially since moving onto a narrowboat 10 years ago, I have been photographing Britain's Inland Waterways, and the interiors and exteriors of beautiful waterways craft. This lead to my first illustrated book, Narrowboat Life: Discover Life Afloat on the Inland Waterways, published in 2016 by Bloomsbury, with a new, expanded, fully-revised second edition that came out in May 2019.

I have always written a variety of illustrated articles and research pieces about boating, travel, photography and photographic understanding — that have appeared in magazines, newspapers, travel guides and books all over the world.

For six years in the early 2000s I managed my own online image library, producing editorial stock travel imagery of London, the River Thames and Southern & Southeastern England.

Born and raised in Montreal, I was first seduced by Britain in 1982 and lived and worked professionally in London until 2009 ... when my partner Karen and I embarked on a long-time dream to live afloat!

Living Afloat

We moved onto our narrowboat to experience the English countryside more directly and take inspiration from it. We also wanted to become part of the friendly, independent and wonderfully diverse inland waterways community — one that manages to retain a 1950s neighbourhood spirit overlaid with technological and wireless savvy, grounded in a down-to-earth (and water) ecological awareness.

Our floating home is wonderfully bright, compact and mobile. And, no, it's not cold in the winter!


Jim Batty

Give me a ring on 07827 862 523 if you would like to discuss having your boat professionally photographed, or any other photographic projects.