Essex: Remembrance poppies glow in night photographs

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Kevin Jay used a cut out of a solider, along with his lighting technique, at Walton-on-the-Naze war memorial

A photographer has made his own tribute to Remembrance Sunday by creating trails of glowing poppies at a series of local landmarks.

Kevin Jay, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, uses a slow shutter speed and a technique known as light drawing to add illuminated poppies and colourful wisps to his night photography.

"I share them on Facebook and Instagram and I get comments saying how beautiful they are, and how appropriate they think it is for Remembrance Day," he said.

"It's a day of national importance, and it's good to do something for that."

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World War One soldier Pt Herbert Columbine, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, is given the Kevin Jay treatment in his home town of Walton-the-Naze
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A red light held behind a stencil cut-out creates the poppy shapes. "I hold it in different positions, turning the light on and off," said Kevin, who took this photo at Frinton-on-Sea
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Kevin said he used a tool "a bit like a light sabre" to create the green light trails, as seen at Naze Tower, Walton-on-the Naze
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Kevin creates an orb - seen here at Clacton beach - by holding a light at arm's length and passing it up and down at eight points "I'm in the middle there," he said.

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