104 Pics Of Slightly Unsettling “Liminal Spaces” (New Pics)

If you’ve visited a mostly empty mall close to closing time or a hotel that is almost completely vacant, you no doubt have been struck with a feeling of creeping unease, possibly mixed with some deja vu. You would not be alone in this feeling, and the ubiquity of smartphones these days means that internet users are documenting all the places that unsettle them.

The obsession with liminal spaces is a bit hard to explain, but there is no denying that it’s very real. Various internet groups exist where people share images of unsettling, eerie, or strangely nostalgic places they have encountered. So be sure to upvote your favorites and comment on how they made you feel.

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#1 Oh

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#2 Feels Like A Dream I’ve Had

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#3 One Last Look Back

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To get a common question out of the way, liminal refers to a threshold or limit (the common root is visible here) that is at the bare minimum of getting a perceptible response. It has a somewhat morbid use as well, referring to a sort of state between life and death. As you can see in many of the images, the locations are hallways, corridors, parking lots, and other places that we have to pass through to get where we actually want to go.

While the actual emotion might be a lot older, it has only been studied recently. Before smartphones, we didn’t really have a good way to document these places, and who was going to waste physical film on a “bland” hotel hallway? Not to mention, most of us don’t spend that much time in these places, no doubt feeling a few, quick pangs of unease before walking through them to our final destination.

#4 The Building Next To The Hotel Im Staying At

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#5 Perfect Forest

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#6 Forget

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Now psychologists believe that these liminal spaces have a similar effect to the uncanny valley, where something appears familiar and known, but “off” in such a way as to provoke general creepiness mixed with recognition. These spaces are the same, familiar, as we have no doubt encountered hundreds, but lacking in the features we actually place in our own homes, personality, heart, and charm. 

#7 Saw This On Twitter, Where The Nambia Desert Meets The Ocean. Feels Surreal

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#8 It Continues Forever

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#9 Dreaming Again?

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If you pay attention, it’s noticeable that many of the images here depict places that are somewhat under-maintained or old. This adds to the liminal space uncanny valley, as this sort of disrepair is more common in non-personal constructions, like the utility areas of a mall or a small parking lot on the edge of a building. The wear-and-tear also makes us see these locations as old, evoking memories of places we’ve visited as a child, even if this nostalgia isn’t actually related to the place in the picture.

#10 This Empty Beach Me & My Girlfriend Saw While Taking A Walk Last Night

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#11 Warning

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#12 Yesterday I Went To Windows Xp

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Most of the locations are also somewhat strange in that no people are present. All of these buildings exist for the use of us humans, so to see them empty creates unease. Where are the people? Why is this place abandoned? Sometimes the operative emotion is sadness, like a playground that looks worn out and left to rot. Psychologically, we know that children used to play here, but no don’t and our brain starts to wonder why.

#13 Chinese Ghost City Look Like A World Boarder Of A Game

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#14 This Was My Neighborhood Today

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#15 No One At Sight, No Sounds, Just The Wind

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Despite its current popularity, as far as internet trends go, liminal spaces are quite new. The first “breakout” example originated in the notorious imageboard 4chan, with a picture of what looked like the backrooms of an office building, stripped of furnishing. Fluorescent lights, the old, yellow wallpaper, and no windows all came together to create a place that was somehow familiar, yet evocative of a cave, claustrophobic and dangerous. 

#16 Only You

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#17 My Hometown Movie Theater

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#18 Petrol Station After A Good Downpour

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When looking at this original example of liminal space, one can almost imagine the hum of the lights and the softness of the old carpet, despite only a handful of people having ever visited it. The important part is the isolation, as this “failure of presence” sticks out in our brains, putting us on edge even though the location has all the trappings of something we are seemingly familiar with. 

#19 A Very Uneasy Feeling

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#20 Had No Idea A Part Of My School Looked Like This Until Last Night

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#21 This Area In My School Courtyard Always Gives Me Such A Weird Feeling When I Walk Alone In It

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#22 Abandoned Nuclear Plant

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#23 “I Think I Have Wandered Too Far”

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#24 Just The Two Of Us

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#25 I Took This Long Exposure Photo Of Wind Turbines, Felt Like It Fit Here

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#26 This Is One Of The First Liminal Space Pictures I Made, Hope You Like It!

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#27 Everywhere And Nowhere

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#28 Road To The Unkown

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#29 Come Ride With Us

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#30 My Girlfriend Works In A Bingo Hall And Sent Me This

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#31 Something I Found On Instagram

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#32 Hotel I Stayed At

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#33 Why Don’t The Kids Go Outside ?

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#34 I Am Literally Staying In The Liminal Hotel

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#35 Abandoned Subways In Paris Are Bring Re-Purposed As Swimming Pools

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#36 Feel Familiar?

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#37 There Just Standing There

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#38 You’ve Reached The End

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#39 The End

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#40 A Pic I Took Many Years Ago In My Hometown, The Temperature Was -45

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#41 I Turned On My Flashlight During A Blackout

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#42 Feels So Fake Yet So Real

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#43 Ever Been To A Mall At 1 Am ??

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#44 I Feel Comforted, And I Also Feel Like I Wouldnt Be Able To Escape

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#45 Inxanity

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#46 Welcome

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#47 This Picture Of Moment Valley Always Felt Liminal

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#48 We Climbed Inside Of A Highway Bridge . This Goes For 10+ Kilometres

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#49 So I Explained Liminal Photography To My Mum & She Took This The Next Day.. Thoughts?

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#50 Dust And Laundry

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#51 My School

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#52 I Took This Picture And Left As Quick As Possible This Room

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#53 Loveless

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#54 Why Does This Hallway Seem So Familiar?

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#55 The

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#56 Underground Bunker Built At The Height Of The Cold War Meant To Emulate Normal Suburban Life In America

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#57 Local Town Hall

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#58 Clear Sky

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#59 Did You Miss Your Flight?

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#60 Pov: Youre On The Way To Your Home

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#61 I’m Lost

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#62 The City Of Detroit – The Largest Of Liminal Spaces

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#63 Took This Photo In A Store While On A Road Trip. Fake Skylights Are So Uncomfortable

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#64 Take A Dip

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#65 Family Mart

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#66 The 5am Ferry From Seattle

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#67 This Hotel Pool My Girlfriend And I Just Swam In

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#68 Took This In A Gym, Close To Where I Work

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#69 A Diner In The Void [oc]

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#70 My Morning Walk Felt Surreal

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#71 The Metropol Parasol In Seville, Spain

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#72 Took This From My Window At 2 Am

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#73 “See You Later And Thanks”

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#74 World Trade Center Interior

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#75 From A Lost Convention

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#76 The Inside Of A Wooden Toy Box With Holes For My Cat

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#77 I Just Accidentally Deleted This, So Here’s My Parents Hotel Hallway Again

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#78 I’ve Decided To Climb It. Some Of You Were Asking For A Top View Down. I’ll Update When I Get To The Top

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#79 Schools In Our Dreams

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#80 Exit

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#81 Took This Pic Today. Hope You Like It 🙂

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#82 A Place I Walk Past Regularly

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#83 I Dreamed Of This Place And Recreated It On Source Engine

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#84 Workspace

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#85 I Don’t Feel Safe Here

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#86 The Void

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#87 Recurring Dream Location

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#88 Pass This Every Day While At Work. Always Wondered What’s Inside

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#89 My Absolute Favorite

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#90 My Town Late At Night Is Terrifying

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#91 I Like To Take Some Photo, Remodel It In 3D And Relight It In Some Uncanny Dreamlike Way. Familiar, Yet Alien. (Done In Blender)

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#92 Took Some Pics Of My Weird School Using An Old Nokia Phone And Didn’t Expect Them To Turn Out This Way

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#93 Choices

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#94 You Can Hear The Faint Sound Of Dripping Water

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#95 Come Closer

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#96 My Depressing Visit To Chuck E Cheese Back In 2020

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#97 Looks Like After Some Extinction Event

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#98 The Field Across From My House

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#99 Dream Bathroom From Fb People Are Losing It Over

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#100 Employees Only

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#101 Empty Laundry Room At 2 Am

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#102 Happy Birthday

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#103 Am I The Only One Who Thinks Looney Toons Backgrounds Are Really Creepy

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#104 An Old Neighborhood

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