The devastating fire at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral has saddened people not just in France, but around the world. As photos of the gutted 850-year-old cathedral flood social media, one particular photo is going viral because the photographer is trying to locate the people in the picture.
A tourist, who photographed what appears to be an adorable father-daughter moment outside the cathedral in Paris, is hoping someone will recognise the duo. Sharing the photo on Twitter, the photographer Brooke Windsor appealed to people on the micro-blogging site to help her find them.
“I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had,” Windsor wrote online lamenting. “Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this 🙏🏼” she urged people to share it.
I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/pEu33ubqCK
— Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) April 16, 2019
In around 24 hours the tweet went viral, garnering more than 4.2 lakh likes and over 2 lakh retweets. In a second tweet, Windsor clarified that she wasn’t sure if the pair in the photo were father and daughter, but hoped they would get to see the photo. Others quickly joined in to aid the search, while some said it could become an iconic photo given it was clicked just an hour before the fire broke out and shows the cathedral in all its glory.
Also: I RT’d with a French translation, in case it’s relevant
— Adriana (@av) April 16, 2019
No idea if it’s actually him, but he looks a hell of a lot like @TommieChris
— Samantha Thien (@_samantha_t) April 16, 2019
Have a feeling this will blow up so I’m just here in the comments reminding you that regardless of your situation, life is good and it’s only going to get better
— Manuel ⬡ (@manUgroovy) April 16, 2019
Brooke this literally just made me tear up. This is so precious. I hope he contacts you! 💕
— bella⇞ (@_basicallybella) April 16, 2019
This is going to become THAT photo.
— Michelle Bhasin (@michellebhasin) April 16, 2019
Must’ve been awful to know you saw it in its “original form” before it was completely changed forever. That’s just heartbreaking
— TCWRebelsResistanceWords (@CloneWarsWords) April 16, 2019
As an amateur photographer who, on her travels, frequently asks people if they would like her to take their photo or if they would like copies of hers, I love absolutely everything about this tweet. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— ElizabethJohnson 🌊🍷⚽️ (@HiberniaBird) April 16, 2019
As a father FIND THIS DAD!
— Angel of Pallor (@Azirapale) April 16, 2019
He will be found and grateful for this candid moment . 🙏🏼
— MommaT (@tweetmommybop) April 16, 2019
I hope the picture gets around and they are found because this is a picture that would go from generation to generation in their family. Glad you got to see it before the fire.❤
— NKOTBfangirlalways (@bfangirlalways) April 16, 2019
Although the woman has not been able to find the duo yet, she is hopeful.
The fire engulfed the centuries-old cathedral completely damaging the woodwork on its roof and resulting in the collapse of its iconic spire.