Lately I've been feeling a lit bit stale. I get this way sometimes where I take a long, hard look at my work and decide I don't like it. I decided it was time to plan a GOYA day. For those of you don't know, GOYA is an acronym for "Get Off Your Ass." The point of a GOYA Session is to grab your camera, go to a location, and shoot. It's that simple. I love doing this from time to time because it forces me to think, move around, and hone my eye. I like the feeling I have when I do this. I feel like nothing else matters, like I'm not being judged, and it enables me to experiment. Today I traveled to the East Village in downtown Des Moines. Here is the result: A wagon on the sidewalk in Des Moines with small Christmas trees and a sign that says 'Merry Christmas Charlie Brown Trees'A box of Christmas trees and a smiling snowman made of metal on a sidewalk in the East Village, Downtown Des Moines.Some Asian-style hats sitting in a Chinese grocery store window in the East Village, Downtown Des MoinesA stack of woks and a large buddha statue in the window of a Chinese grocery store in Downtown Des MoinesTwo rusty chairs outside of an antique store in the East Village, Downtown Des Moines.A pair of dirty boots sitting in a pile of rubble in downtown Des MoinesA black and white image of a stack of palettes behind a cinder block building in Downtown Des MoinesBlack and white photo of the end of a wooden bench on the sidewalk in the East Village, Downtown Des MoinesSign from an antique store called 'Porch Light' in the East Village, Downtown Des MoinesA vintage gas can and a wooden open sign from an antique store in the East Village, Des MoinesA potted plant and an old iron mailbox outside an antique store in the East Village, Des MoinesAn old woman walking down the sidewalk in downtown Des MoinesA collection of vintage Christmas items from an antique store in the East Village, Downtown Des MoinesA store called 'Found Things' with a retro sign in the window and a set of purple stairs in a back alley in Downtown Des MoinesA mailbox next to a dark alley filled with pipes in the East Village, Downtown Des Moines.A red door with a breast cancer ribbon on it and a wooden gate with a string of lights above it in Downtown Des MoinesA cigarette ash tray that says 'butts' and a leopard spotted pipe coming out of the groundA dumpster in an alley in Downtown Des Moines with the words 'Vote Here' painted on it.Mountain Dew can on the ground that had exploded and run over by a car.A garbage can with graffiti on it and Christmas lights strung along a wooden fence in downtown Des Moines.A book sitting in a Christmas tree that says 'Porn for New Moms' and shows a muscular man changing a diaper, sitting in a window of a shop in the East Village.A light on the side of a building and a sidewalk sign for a restaurant in the East Village, Des Moines, Iowa.A series of fire escapes on the side of a building in the East Village of Downtown Des Moines, Iowa.large embrace art poster on the side of a building in the East Village in Downtown Des Moines

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