Rainbow Gatherings – Intentional communities of love, peace and harmony
After a long series of sculptures, paintings and art installations, today we have something different for you, something more adventurous, an inspiring and thought-provoking photo story about the Rainbow Gatherings captured by Benoit Paillé. Confused? Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything.
Rainbow Gatherings are the meetings of intentional communities held all over the world where people from the very different social classes share ideals of peace, harmony, love and respect. It doesn’t matter whether you are gay, Krishna follower, punk or conspiracy theorist, everyone is welcome here without any exceptions. Rainbow Gatherings are hidden and usually take place in the woods, far away from civilisation. It would look like a small group of people, however the biggest Rainbow Gathering held in the state of Washington was attended by 30,000 people.
A photo story about the Rainbow Gatherings was captured by Benoit Paillé, a well know Canada-based photographer who started getting interested in photography while he was participating in his first Rainbow. Since when Rainbow Gathering have become his core photographic project. Not for nothing is said that Rainbow is a place for art.
Benoit Paillé adds, “You return from a Rainbow with ideas, ideas for changing your life. Personally, I’ve never felt comfortable with the life I was living, and I questioned it. Vegan, nomad, green: we encounter people who have different lifestyles. We discover that it is possible to be happy living another way. I particularly realized the importance of taking care of my body, of eating better, of taking better care of the environment. Of being able to get rid of our addiction to technology and the Internet. When you come back, you appreciate comfort again, but you quickly want to go back and to see again the people you’ve met, the people you love.“
Dont’t forget to visit Benoit’s flickr page for more great shots.