Joseph Johnson

Name: Joseph Johnson
Occupation: English Lecturer
Where you were born: England
Where you live now: Derbyshire, England

What  are you currently working on? 
As well as contributing to The WILD, I am currently lecturing in English at a local university. Otherwise, you can find me with a camera in hand, trying to perfect the art of capturing the world around me.

What do you think there is too much of, and too little of?
Too much negativity, not enough positivity. A little optimism can go a long way.

What is on your life-to-do list?
I always said I wanted to master at least 3 languages and to travel to every continent on earth. I’d also love to make a feature film and make some sort of positive contribution to society.

What do you consider a fashion “faux-pas”?
Crocs. Those shoes might be comfortable, but they sure are ugly! 

What cracks you up?
British political comedy. We have some great comedians on TV and radio here whose satirical take on the world around them gives me infinite pleasure. There are also some fantastic journalists writing in newspapers here, like Charlie Brooker in the Guardian, who never fail to make me giggle with their cultural musings. 

What is the WILDEST situation you have ever experienced?
One of the weirdest and, I guess, WILDEST things I have experienced happened when I was working in Shanghai last year. I had the pleasure of teaching English to China’s Miss Universe contestant and subsequently appearing (albeit briefly) on Chinese TV. 

What can’t you live without?
Film, television, music and my camera/photography. I don’t know where I’d be without those things. I could probably eat the same meal every day if I had to, but I couldn’t be without any of them for longer than a couple of days.

What would you like to leave to the future generation?
The appreciation of art and the time in which to appreciate it. The world is moving so fast these days and it seems like a lot of young people are transfixed on finding “the next big thing”. They don’t really stop and take the time to appreciate art. I remember when I was a teenager (not so long ago!) and I’d be lucky to buy 1 or 2 albums, or films each month. I’d listen to an album on repeat until I knew every word and would examine the little booklet that came with the CDs to see who produced  it and where the samples came from. Nowadays, everything is so immediate, we take for granted the hard work and diligence that goes into making good art.

What is your next challenge?
In the autumn I hope to move abroad again. I’ve managed to narrow it down to a couple of places, but don’t want to jinx it by saying where! I just hope that my life/career will contain a lot more of the creativity I desire on a daily basis.

Who is your Hero?
I wouldn’t say I have  a single hero per se, but generally it’d have to be the pioneers of various movements and art forms. I admire the people who weren’t afraid to shock or challenge the perceptions of those around them. They weren’t necessarily appreciated at the time, yet they’ve often been later recognised and lauded for their great contributions to art and also to society as a whole. 

What is your WILD Wish?
To be able to speak/understand every language in the world. It would be great to know what everyone was saying and it’d be fantastic for travelling/freaking out unsuspecting locals!

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