Gateway to Games of the XXlV Olympiad

Olympic Park Gate, Seoul, South Korea

Olympic Park World Peace Gate, Seoul, South Korea

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Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

The above image was captured in June 1994. It is a World Peace Gate to the 1988 Summer Olympics, in Olympic Park (올림픽공원), Seoul, South Korea. This is where U.S. sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner of Los Angeles California set an Olympic record (10.62) in the 100-meter dash and a still-standing world record (21.34) in the 200-meter dash to capture gold medals in both events. To these medals, she added a gold in the 4×100 relay and a silver in the 4×400. Go Flo Jo!

You may also like Seoulset, an image featuring one of the ancient gates of Seoul reflecting in a stainless steel art installation at sunset. Seoulset won the grand prize from the Photographic Council of the United Nations and was included in their worldwide traveling exhibition. It was also featured at the PMA Show in Las Vegas and published many times in magazines and The Big Book of Photography.

The 8 Gates of Seoul and the Seoul Wall

Nikon N90 SLRAF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Nikon A2 filterexposure: not recorded, ISO 64, program mode: Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Kodak Kodachrome 64  color transparency film,  Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software 


10 thoughts on “Gateway to Games of the XXlV Olympiad

  1. I am very impressed with the design of this gateway. It looks to be wings of a giant bird.
    Looking at the image I feel small, I can just imagine how it felt to walk under it.

    The colours are so vivid, with not a cloud in the sky, making the colours stand out and pop even more.
    I especially like that they used the colours of the Olympic rings in the colour scheme.

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    • The impetus for the design of a World Peace Gate for the XXIV Olympiad was the 8 gates of the Seoul Wall for which I have provided a link on this post. As a longtime follower of, you know that many of my images are void of people, but in this case people were needed for scale. Without them, the gateway would lose its size and imperial quality. The vividness of color is attributable to the use of Kodachrome 64 transparency film and a sunny day. It would be another 10 years before my first architectural photography shoot, and this image laid the groundwork for what was to come.

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  2. Jackie Brooks: Thanks for being the 10th person to like my image Gateway to Games of the XXlV Olympiad. For me, the 10th “like” is the delineation line between deep depression and unadulterated joy. 🙂


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