Packed with as much history as flavour, the balti evolved out of Birmingham’s first-generation Pakistani community in the 1970s and became a post-pub hit with generations of university students and locals. But with just a handful of balti restaurants remaining, what’s the future of this celebrated curry?
Is it OK to take photos of locals without their permission? How do local customs dictate what is and isn’t OK? How do I pluck up the courage to ask people if I can shoot their portrait? Professional travel photographer Nicola Bailey explains.