Originally Posted by tunalegs
Photographic effects, or Syntax is something I teach to painters, illustrators, etc. And I think it's something people who are new to shooting film are intrigued by which is why they pursue things like grain, vignetting, lens flare, etc. Because those effects, while undesirable to "good" photographers are also hallmarks of the medium.
Digital has also long been sold on a falsity that it is easier than film, so there is this perception that film must be really hard to learn. Impress your friends and family - try film!
I've softened my stance a bit on this. My mother was a landscape painter and illustrator, and used to abhor non-representational art—felt it wasn't fair a few splats or squares on giant canvases were more celebrated than someone toiling at perfecting a craft. I felt similar for a long time, but have come to appreciate that some have a different aesthetic interest and embrace and push the limitations of the medium. Might not be my style, but who cares, really?
Then there are the others that hold the attitude that film is inherently crappy. Reminds me of the time an acquaintance told me they loved music on vinyl because it was all scratched up and crackly and that was the way old music was supposed to sound. Never really got the circa-2010 instagram/tumblr aesthetic of blurry, pastel photos of nothing, but I guess that's not much different than those who beautifully print exceptionally boring photos in the darkroom.