Last August, advertising and editorial photographer Kevin Steele attended the Santa Barbara Triathlon, one of the longest running triathlons in the world. Steele says the grey weather and light drizzle were “great conditions” for photographing the one-mile swim, 34-mile bike ride and ten-mile run in black-and-white. ”I shoot people in motion and active lifestyle. Knowing that I wanted to get very close to the athletes while being very careful to not get in their way, I approached the Race Director and organizers well before to gain access and trust,” he explains of the process of photographing the event. “I was in and out of a wetsuit along with the swimmers, running barefoot with the runners and generally having a great time letting intuition be in the driver’s seat.” His goal? To focus on telling the story of the participants in about a dozen images.