A few quick thoughts from the documentary "Up There".
First, I hope in addition to shooting a ton of photographs lately, that you are also experimenting with video on your DSLR. As a commercial photographer often working with people, I can say that the number one benefit from shooting and understanding motion and film has been learning to direct people. Film also helps me to think in terms of story telling with my photography, which I worked on more this past weekend while photographing Ironman, St. George, Utah (photos coming soon).
Second, both the artists in the story as well as the artist, Malcolm Murray telling the story inspire me to be patient and continuously improve my craft as a photographer. I love how these folks talk about the process of learning and the time and sacrifice involved in becoming an artist in their field. In this fast paced world, where truck loads of free information are available at our finger tips, we can at times be a bit too anxious. Amazing doesn't happen in minutes, but rather it takes a long time and sometimes a lifetime. Let's step back and appreciate the photographers that have paved the way for us, as well as steadily improve as artists. Patience is a virtue I believe...
Third, shoot photos and stories you are passionate about. This story is told with a sense of pride and passion.