The first Rainbow Gathering was a four day festival held in Colorado in 1972. The next one was in 1973 in Wyoming, where it was decided to make it an annual event. Since then, Rainbow Gatherings have been held every July throughout the United States and around the world. It might be easy for outsiders to compare The Gatherings to something like Burning Man, but they are decidedly different. The Gatherings are living social commentary, an alternative to the ideologies of popular culture, such as consumerism, capitalism and mass media. Peace, love and harmony are the laws of the land in these temporary communities. Canadian photographer Benoit Paillé has been attending The Gatherings for seven years and is one of the few photographers who has been permitted to document the events and the people (whom he refers to as his brothers and sisters) who attend. The photos are a beautiful, unvarnished look at a lifestyle born out of the Summer of Love; a summer that, for at least some, is indeed endless. If you like Benoit’s work, be sure to check out his Stranger Project.