'If I am not at work I am taking photos or helping out on the farm'
Focus will be the operative word for Brian Joyce this year as he takes on the Leaving Certificate, after which he could well branch out as a rural photographer as well as continuing to work on the family farm in Mayo.
The 17-year-old has been quietly building up a reputation locally as a 'snapper' and has taken commercial shots for Mayo County Council, the Cormac Tagging business and SuperValu in Westport.
He also covers local confirmations and student balls with his ever-present Canon M10 camera.
"I like to try all styles but I mainly do landscapes, nature photos and photos on the farm," he says.
"I got a highly commended entry in the Mental Health Ireland art competition this year and had the January photo in the IFA calendar and my photo for the Charolais Society will be featured in their annual later this year."
Brian clearly has the photographer's eye. He scooped first and third places and the People's Choice award in the this year's Young Biodiversity Photographer competition for secondary students.
He brings the camera with him too while helping his parents, Ger and Breege, on the family farm - a cattle and sheep enterprise in the shadow of Croagh Patrick.
The Joyces run a cattle and suckler enterprise on what Brian describes as "rough mountain land".