“This book would not exist if David hadn’t come so close to death. In December 2016 David was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. The oncologist gave him a thirty percent chance of survival. I didn’t expect him to live”. During the many months of David’s chemotherapy and radiation, Diane Jonte-Pace turned to a long-postponed project: arranging the unlabeled and unsorted photographs, stored in shoeboxes throughout the house, that she and her husband, photographer David Pace, had taken during the five decades of their relationship. Organizing prints and slides dating from the early 1970s when the couple first met, provided an opportunity to reflect on their shared past and to grieve or mourn the losses they expected. The project led to the collection of the photographs in this book, weaving a story of aging and change, love and hope. Technically and stylistically, this book incorporates most of the forms of photography available over the last five decades: 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, Brownie Hawkeyes, Polaroids and single-use throw-away cameras, professional cameras like the Pentax 6×7, Sinar 4×5, Deardorff 8×10, full frame digital Canons, and, more recently, iPhones. The story told by these photographs belongs not only to Diane and David. It provides a window onto the past for an entire generation. “Where the Time Goes” recounts how the post-war generation turned the camera upon itself, and narrates a story of youth, aging, and change through illness, hope, and recovery.
Diane Jonte-Pace is a retired professor, scholar, and administrative leader. She served as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Santa Clara University, supervising curriculum, faculty, and academic programs. She taught courses in the Department of Religious Studies on psychology of religion and feminist theology. Her publications, which focus on psychoanalytic perspectives on religion, gender, and culture, include Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny, and the Uncanny Mother in Freud’s Cultural Texts (2001), Teaching Freud (2003) and Mourning Religion (2008). David Pace is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer, filmmaker, and curator. He received his MFA from San Jose State University in 1991. He taught photography for 25 years at San Jose State University, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University, where he served as Resident Director of SCU’s study abroad program in West Africa from 2009 – 2013. He has had solo shows at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, and the Griffin Museum in Westchester, Massachusetts. His book Images In Transition, a collaboration with gallerist Stephen Wirtz, was published in the spring of 2019 by Schilt Publishing.