Apr 13, 2013

☮ Rainbow Gatherings

Rainbow Gatherings in pictures by Benoit Paille

Photograph by Ross McDermott, American Festivals Project

[via] Rainbow Gatherings are temporary intentional communities, typically held in outdoor settings, and espousing and practicing ideals of peacelove, harmonyfreedom and community, as a consciously expressed alternative to mainstream popular cultureconsumerismcapitalism and mass media.
Rainbow Gatherings and the Rainbow Family of Living Light (usually abbreviated to "Rainbow Family") are an expression of a Utopian impulse, combined with bohemianismhipster and hippie culture, with roots clearly traceable to the counterculture of the 1960s. 
The original Rainbow Gathering was in 1972, and has been held annually in the United States from July 1 through 7 every year on National Forest land. Throughout the year, regional and international gatherings are held in the United States and throughout the rest of the world respectively.



Canadian photographer Benoit Paille who was a member of these communities has taken some very artistic pictures which he generosity shares to show the beauty of the nature, the simpleness of living.

The portraits that the talented phorographer had taken are more than stunning, with amazing lights and colors. But any of these portraits will not be posted here as a move of respect for the artist's work. As he mentions at his site for this project: 

 I decided to photograph my family, my brothers and sisters. I have been going to rainbow gatherings for 7 years now, and I have taken pictures of it for the past 3 years. The pictures you see are very precious since photography is not usually allowed during the event, so please be respectful to my brothers and sisters

People are love, 
are magic,
are beauty 
these sister and brother are the people of the future.


Take a small taste of the Benoit Paille's Rainbow Gatherings below.
These pictures are more like paintings. Looking at them your mind would be cleared and  your heart calmed down. Respect the force of nature and then you could feel the lightness of your being.

Rainbow Gathering, Grand Canary Island, Spain, 2011
Rainbow Gathering, Grand Canary Island, Spain, 2011
Rainbow Gathering Québec,Canada 2010
Rainbow Gathering Québec,Canada 2010
Rainbow Gathering Québec,Canada 2010
Rainbow Gathering Québec 2012

Rainbow Gathering Québec 2012

Rainbow Gathering Québec 2012




























Visit his 
flickr to see the whole project.
Or his
Behance profile (Rainbow Gathering 2011-2012 and Rainbow Gathering 2010-2011)








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