Martin Smith has spent his retirement years visiting Bondi beach at all times of the day and night, at all seasons of the year. He first glimpsed the beach some 53 years ago and it was love at first sight. It brought back memories of a beach in South Africa where he had spent memorable holidays as a child. A research scientist by profession Martin moved to Bondi Beach on retirement and opened a bookshop at the beach which he had for 17 years. At the bookshop he met writers, artists and others from all over the world drawn by the magic of the beach. Since selling the bookshop he still walks with his camera most days. Now at the age of 84 the 1 km walk is getting a little tiring.