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Wildlife photographer Luke Sampson display work in Bromley Central Library to raise money for Blue Cross

PUBLISHED: 17:15 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:15 10 April 2018

Luke Sampson has been able to see his work on display in Bromley Central Library. Picture: Luke Sampson

Luke Sampson has been able to see his work on display in Bromley Central Library. Picture: Luke Sampson

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An amateur wildlife photographer from Orpington has been able to enjoy seeing his work displayed in Bromley Central Library, with all profits raised in connection with the exhibition going to animal welfare charity Blue Cross.

Luke enjoys the unpredictably that comes form wildlife photography. Picture: Luke SampsonLuke enjoys the unpredictably that comes form wildlife photography. Picture: Luke Sampson

Luke Sampson’s work will be on display until Saturday, April 14.

He said: “It’s easier than ever for photographers to share their work with an online audience through social media.

“For me though, photography is at its best when printed and the key to a successful exhibition is how the images work together.”

He added: “Blue Cross have been around for over a hundred years and now care for more than 40,000 sick, injured or homeless pets every year.

Alll profits from Luke's work will go to animal welfare charity Blue Cross. Picture: Luke SampsonAlll profits from Luke's work will go to animal welfare charity Blue Cross. Picture: Luke Sampson

“Their major services include rehoming unwanted animals, providing veterinary services to pet-owners who couldn’t otherwise afford them and promoting animal welfare through education.”

Blue Cross operate four animal hospitals and run mobile and pet care clinics across the United Kingdom.

Luke hopes to help the charity achieve their aims: “They’re already doing fantastic work, but are aiming to help 70,000 animals a year by 2020 and so need all the support they can get to achieve this.”

Luke enjoys the unpredictably that comes form wildlife photography.

He said: “Animals are incredibly expressive and are challenging to shoot.

“You can’t direct or control them in the way that you can with other subjects and they don’t always behave how you’d like them to, so it’s really satisfying to take a shot which captures an animal’s personality or evokes a sense of its character.

“The nature of wildlife photography also lends itself to travelling the world and I’ve seen some amazing places putting the collection together - in the last six months, I’ve shot humpback whales off the coast of Reykjavik, snorkelled with sea turtles in Mirissa and gone leopard tracking in Yala National Park.”

Luke first got involved with wildlife photography thanks to his sister’s cockapoo Justin, who he says was incredibly photogenic.

A sample of Luke’s work, and more information on the exhibition and the work Blue Cross do, is available here: www.ls-photo.co.uk

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