Jeff L. Yates is a well-seasoned photographer with more than forty years experience capturing images of all aspects of the commercial marine industry.
He began taking black & white snapshots in the late '50s and early '60s as he worked as a deckhand in the early stages of his life-long love affair with the river and her fascinating towboats.
He honed his skills and moved into color slides as he amassed a collection of more than 13,000 towboat and river images before advancing to the digital photo age in 2005.
He worked as a full-time staff writer and photographer for the Waterways Journal for fourteen years as bureau chief in the New Orleans and Paducah, KY, offices. In 1991 he advanced his river knowledge by obtaining his captain's license, allowing him to expand his photo horizons to include virtually the entire Inland Waterway system including the Gulf Coast.
His photos have also appeared in many local newspapers and regional recreational boating magazines.
Now working as a freelance photographer, his photos routinely appear in several commercial marine publications, including the Waterways Journal, Work Boat, Professional Mariner and others on occasion.
His custom photo enlargements are on display in several well-known inland marine towing company headquarters, shipyard offices, river museums and on many marine company websites.