Treasure Chest Thursday: Concert Program

Okay, now most people would not think the following post is worthy of inclusion in a family history meme of Treasure Chest Thursday. However, my monthly challenge was fad items. Right? Have you participated yet? If you haven’t there is still time. And why not have a little fun with it?

I’m about to have a lot of fun. Family history includes us! Yep. Our personal history writing efforts become the family history for our children, grandchildren and beyond. So why not include some of the things we like? Like rock concerts? I mean, rock concerts were the rage for the generation of most of my readers, so, you should write a little about the music you listened to and why. And while you’re at it, if you have saved anything from those concerts, you might as well photograph it.

Photographing Rock Concert Memorabilia
Bon Jovi New Jersey Tour Program

When I was younger, my brother and I went to the Bon Jovi rock concert at the Summit Arena in Houston, Texas. Boy or boy did I think this band was the best thing since sliced bread. And Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates put on a killer show. Well worth my teenage allowance.

In any case, this over-sized program does not fit on a scanner. Go figure. So, I had to photograph it. I set up my seamless backdrop by the window and waited for natural light to filter through the window. With my camera on a tripod and a white foam board serving as a reflector, I snapped a few photographs of this program.

Now, because of the glossy nature of the paper, photographing the program was a bit of a challenge. I put a little bit of craft fiber-fill underneath the program to get enough of an angle to take the photo. I didn’t have a way to take a photo of the program from straight above. I thought this angle worked nice and the reflections were kept to a bare minimum.

With the cover of the program photographed, I wanted to photograph the inside. There were far too many pages to choose from. So, I attempted to choose the ones I remember enjoying the most (or made Jon Bon Jovi look the hottest).

Photographing Rock Concert Memorabilia
Photographing Rock Concert Memorabilia
Photographing Rock Concert Memorabilia

I could have found a way to scan or photograph these items flatter. But I really love the way the page curls at the upper left. It shows that this was a book and was meant to be opened and looked at. So, I like that effect. I can’t wait to use these photos on a scrapbook layout that shares my experience at this concert.

So… while you’re thinking about what artifacts you can photograph for the Treasure Chest Thursday Challenge of Fad Items… have fun. Delve into rock concerts and other ‘crazy fads’ that you or your ancestors participated in. Family History shouldn’t only be about birth, marriage, and death. It should be about entertainment in our lives.

“And these five words I swear to you, I’ll be there for you” (okay, those are from the song I’ll Be There For You by Bon Jovi, but the funny bone in me was itching to do it.)

Side story: Bon Jovi is responsible for sealing the deal for my husband to me. He passed the test of what I was looking for in a future husband. Then one night we were watching 80s movies and laugh about all of the trends and fads and which ones we participated in. Then, this guy was bold enough to admit he liked Bon Jovi! At that time, few guys liked admitting that to some girl they thought was hot. When he said that, I knew he was the one for me. I LOVED Bon Jovi at that time and was trying to keep it quite because guys didn’t seem to like girls who went ga-ga over Jon or Richie Sambora. So.. thank you to the New Jersey bad for helping two crazy youngsters know they were Born to Be My Baby or something like that.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

2 thoughts on “Treasure Chest Thursday: Concert Program

  1. Bon Jovi holds a special place in my heart too! My first child was conceived the same weekend as a Bon Jovi concert. They just released another album this week!

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