By Michael Scott
These breath-taking images showcase the National Memorial Arboretum as it’s never been seen before.
The mesmerising shots were taken by photographer Michael Scott, 33, at the site of remembrance in Alrewas, Staffordshire, and with star trails in the sky and memorials illuminated, it truly is a spectacular site.
Michael, from Birmingham, said: “I arrived around 6pm, but it was quite cloudy so I had to wait for the clouds to part, which they finally did at midnight, and the sky stayed clear for three to four hours.
“I illuminated the usually white walls with a red filtered torch, giving it the red glow of the poppy – Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday use the poppy to remember those who have fallen, and I thought it would be a lovely aspect to add to the image.
“Occasionally I would look up and see migrating birds flying in tandem, and because their white underside was illuminated by the lights, it made them look like angels crossing the sky.
“The Shot at Dawn memorial – which is dedicated to those who were executed in WWI for military misconduct -caught my eye, as did the Christmas Truce memorial, which is in memory of the British and German soldiers who put their weapons down on Christmas Day in 1914 and had a game of football in no mans land.
“I’ve been hoping to visit the NMA for several years, as I’ve always been fascinated by war memorials.
“It was a truly special experience to be able to photograph the NMA at night, and one that I will never forget.”