The “feel” of grainy film photos

Some of my friends are getting into film cameras and even use expired films to take pictures. They seem to enjoy the “feel” of grainy film photos. What feel, exactly? Is it like the feel of acid-washed, stone-washed, prefaded or otherwise artificially weathered jeans?

I just wonder if grainy photos are really good looking. If they are really good looking, the effect can be easily produced digitally, without the trouble of film development. Some people may enjoy the process of film development, but nowadays very few actually do it by themselves. None of those friends develop films. They do scan developed films into digital files. So in the end, film photos are presented in digital form. What’s the point?

Here is a digital photo post-processed in Lightroom into grainy, film like photos:


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