A picture is worth a thousand words, so even when a person dies, the memory lives on forever.
One woman went through a desperate search to find the photo that was taken of her and her boyfriend last year as they stood silenced by a passionate kiss in Times Square. This memory is what Saya Tomioka has, now that she lost her boyfriend. According to Yahoo, her boyfriend, Griffin Madden, had died in a massive fire that had taken the lives of 32 others, during a dance party at a warehouse housing artists’ studio, known as the Ghost Ship.
“”This morning I remembered the first time I went to Times Square, June 16 of 2015,” she began. “I cried, and we kissed. Some random photographer captured this very moment, this very kiss,” she had written as her status on Facebook, according to https://www.yahoo.com.
She had relied on her Facebook friends to share her post, with hopes of finding the photo of the man she was in love with “as a reminder of the brightest light of all—love,” according to the same source.
Four days later, Tomioka’s wishes were answered, when her shared status had eventually caught the attention of the photographer, whose name she had not gotten that night the photographer had captured a very sweet moment she had shared with Griffin.
Thanks to the technology of social media, New York-based photographer, Arken Avan, had been contacted by several people on Tomioka’s story.
After searching through 2000 photos, Avan eventually found the picture that had been stored in the wrong folder in one of his hard drives.
“I found the photo. I was shocked,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was happy, but at the same time I was very sad.”-via Yahoo.
He posted the photo on her Facebook chain, saying, “Miracles happen, Saya.”
Sharing his condolences to her as she grieves the death of her boyfriend, he hopes that this one photo will comfort her for years to come.