Hi there, I have a situation and would like your opinions.
Back in March, I have posted a request for service in which I need a photographer to give talk to a level of secondary school students in school hall. The talk would last for 1 hour each session in the afternoon, after school hours and there will be a total of 2 sessions, one week apart.
The topic would mainly be stuff on how to take good pictures, the various methods, how to critique and appreciate, anything that can be covered in total 2 hrs etc. Maybe we can show good photographs and explain too. We could even talk about career prospect, or even history of photography. The purpose is to give this group of secondary students some information/knowledge of photography and maybe hopefully could ignite their interest. We also hope that they would learn a trick or two on how to shoot good photos, even with a simple digital point and shoot camera and maybe to avoid some common mistakes.
I received several pms. Finally after some pms here and there, I met up with a photographer. During the meeting, I was impressed with his knowledge and experiences. He even showed me some of his photos and shared with me his experiences. So we decided to work together. The dates and time of the talk were confirmed too. I was supposed to remind him again when the date gets near.
Now the date of the talk is nearing and I am having a very difficult time finding him. I called him couple of weeks back to reconfirm the talk and I also sent him an email with regards to the talk. Few days back he replied the email and we decided to meet up and we arranged for Wednesday afternoon. We spoke briefly on Tuesday. I was supposed to call him before going to his place on Wednesday.
On Wednesday itself, I called many times but his phone was off. I messaged him with no reply. On Thursday, which was yesterday morning I called again and the phone rang with no answer. I called a while later and the phone was off. I have been trying to reach him until now and I still cannot get him.
It is kind of panicking for me as the date of the talk is nearing and I am not able to locate him. I don't know what has happened. Did he has a change of mind and decided not to fufill his agreement? If so why did he not tell me directly instead of avoiding me.
Or has something unfortunate happened to him or he has a sudden assignment overseas that he is uncontactable? Could it be that he has lost his mobile and thus become uncontactable? He has my email though. I really hope he is fine.
Should I get another photographer? But the scheduled photographer is uncontactable and he did not mention about backing out. Should I just wait and hope that he will contact me and also turn up for the talk? What if he doesn't? I cannot imagine that.
I am stucked with the decisions I would need to make. Anyone in this kind of dilemma before? All comments and suggestions are welcomed. Thank you.