If you ever find yourself in a space that brings up a feeling of ‘not knowing what’s up but something’s definitely up’ you may have encountered a liminal space. Obsessed over by fans who chase the unsettling feel, liminal spaces have become somewhat of a mysterious phenomenon surfing around the internet.

According to Imgur user RobJustice, “The liminal space is the 'crossing over' space, a space where you have left something behind, yet you are not yet fully in something else. It's a transition space.”

And thanks to the r/LiminalSpace subreddit with 237k members, we now have some of the most captivating examples to rest (or stress) our eyes on. From bowling alleys and abandoned buildings to almost surreal window views and places that feel strangely familiar although you have never been there, it’s hard not to stare for more.

And let us know how you feel about these liminal spaces in the comments below!

#1

Uniformed Forest

Uniformed Forest

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ZombieGirl
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1 month ago

It's just the edge of the map ;)

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#2

A Phone Box In Snow

A Phone Box In Snow

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VoodooGirl78
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1 month ago

This is really cool.

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#3

2020

2020

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joe
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1 month ago

No-one mentions how much better the traffic situation will be after the apocalypse, do they?

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To find out more about these mysterious spaces that have been capturing the internet's imagination, Bored Panda talked to Lillie Marshall, an English teacher and writer who runs Around the World "L" Travel and Life Blog. Lillie is also a self-confessed fan of liminal spaces and discussed the phenomenon in her articles that you can check out here and here.

Lillie said she has been fascinated by the concept of liminal spaces since she was little. “I loved thinking and writing about them. So much of our lives are spent in these in-between spaces, and yet we so often ignore them,” she said and added: “Once you can see the importance and beauty of liminal spaces, it makes it much easier to be in the moment and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.”

#4

No No No. Not Good

No No No. Not Good

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

Australia sized NOPE for this one

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#5

Picture I Took A Few Years Ago In Poland

Picture I Took A Few Years Ago In Poland

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Vanessa Edwards
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1 month ago

I thought this was a lead pencil drawing

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#6

It’s Christmas Eve And You’re All Alone

It’s Christmas Eve And You’re All Alone

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

walkin' in a winter wonderland

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When asked how she’d describe a liminal space, Lillie explained it has to do with a magical and transformative quality. “Liminality can exist in physical space, time, and states of being, and refers to that in-between moment where you're between two things.”

Moreover, “It is a sometimes uncomfortable—but extremely important—era of transformation and shifting. Often we get impatient with these transitional spaces, but they are KEY, and are beautiful and profound if you allow yourself to truly be in them and understand their magical gifts,” she concluded.

#7

Well, That's Not A Good Sign...

Well, That's Not A Good Sign...

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Bisexual Backflipping
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1 month ago

WHA- Where is this? I'm scared...

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#8

Don't Turn The Corner

Don't Turn The Corner

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Bisexual Backflipping
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1 month ago

I'm scared

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#9

Google Maps Said This Is Where I Can Find Taco Bell, And I Just Realized That The Last Car I Saw Was An Hour Ago...

Google Maps Said This Is Where I Can Find Taco Bell, And I Just Realized That The Last Car I Saw Was An Hour Ago...

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Bisexual Backflipping
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1 month ago

One time Google Maps told my family our hotel was down River Road, it was a long-ass gravel trail that led to literally nowhere, and we ended up with a 6-inch nail in our tire. F****n Google Maps, man.

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Bored Panda also spoke to Rob Justice, a table-top role-playing game designer and software engineer living in Kansas City, Missouri who is a fan of the liminal aesthetic and has shared an illuminating post on the topic on Imgur.“

A few months ago I saw a picture on Twitter, it's actually the very first one in the imgur post you linked above, and just couldn't stop thinking about it,” he recounted. Rob said he hadn’t heard about liminality so he did a bit of reading. “A few days later I was looking through old pictures on my phone and realized I'd taken a few liminal space pictures myself over the years. Just places that felt unique or odd to me. It's always weird to realize you're a fan of something before you know what it is.”

#10

Stay On The Light. They Won't Be Able To Get You If You're On The Light

Stay On The Light. They Won't Be Able To Get You If You're On The Light

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Kira Okah
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1 month ago

Darn caption, just did a game quest that required me to do that, was creepy enough in the game!

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#11

It's Not Safe To Go Outside But Inside Feels Haunted

It's Not Safe To Go Outside But Inside Feels Haunted

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago (edited)

naah Just feels like literally any Eastern European apartment block. I can smell the cigarettes and cats

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#12

The Oval Office Between Us Presidents

The Oval Office Between Us Presidents

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Apachebathmat
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1 month ago

Just the removal of trump will have vastly improved its aesthetic

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Rob believes that there’s “something strangely powerful to the human psyche about transitionary places. The feeling of being between two places is an uncanny feeling, whether it's literal or psychological.”

This feeling can occur in any place. “I recently took a family vacation and we spent several hours in airports, where I kept thinking about the concept of liminality; We're not home but we're not on our vacation yet.” Rob explained that just like most transitions, “it's stressful but there is something comforting knowing that it's temporary. I think that's where people find themselves drawn to liminal pictures. It's temporary places made permanent."

#13

This Memory Belongs To Everybody And Nobody

This Memory Belongs To Everybody And Nobody

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Nigel Rodgers
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1 month ago (edited)

I can hear the wipers and other cars splashing past. And of course, there's a tragic jam. Edit: I only saw this auto correct 5 days later😂🤣

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#14

The Liquid Void

The Liquid Void

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James016
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1 month ago

Redrum

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#15

The Entrance To The Infinity Pool. Once You Enter, There Is No Going Back

The Entrance To The Infinity Pool. Once You Enter, There Is No Going Back

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

I like it. Very clean and relaxing

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When it comes to describing this phenomenon, Rob said that his favorite definition is that “a liminal space is a 'crossing over' or transition space. It's a place where you have left something behind yet you are not yet fully in something else. It's the space between other spaces.”

Turns out that, “liminal is from the Latin word limen, meaning 'a threshold' so a liminal space is often a boundary point of one space beginning and another space ending,” he concluded.

#16

Lemme Get Some Uhhhhhhh

Lemme Get Some Uhhhhhhh

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Kira Okah
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1 month ago

Okay...where is slenderman hiding because this is creepy

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#17

Only A Faint Hum And My Footsteps Can Be Heard.

Only A Faint Hum And My Footsteps Can Be Heard.

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Dhukath
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1 month ago

This is the type of place where your instincts say no but you go anyway, then half way you hear footsteps, could be your echo or not! Do you go forward, backward or wait?

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#18

My Grandmother’s Basement

My Grandmother’s Basement

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Kayla Albert
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1 month ago

It's like the minimalism is hiding something

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#19

The International Space Station At Night

The International Space Station At Night

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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1 month ago

And,... in outer space.

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#20

Pool Tunnels

Pool Tunnels

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Elsker
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1 month ago

beautiful yes, but kinda creepy

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#21

My Friend Was Tested For Covid, This Is The Room He Waited In

My Friend Was Tested For Covid, This Is The Room He Waited In

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Milli Blue
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1 month ago

I can smell it.

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#22

The Lower I Go, The Higher The Water Gets

The Lower I Go, The Higher The Water Gets

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

It reminds me of the corridoors in the titanic

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#23

Empty Aquarium Restaurant, Made Me Feel Sad And Empty For Some Reason

Empty Aquarium Restaurant, Made Me Feel Sad And Empty For Some Reason

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Bisexual Backflipping
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1 month ago

I want to say what the title does. It gives me a feeling of hopelessness

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#24

No No No No No No No

No No No No No No No

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Dark Pearl
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1 month ago

WHO GREENLIGHTED THIS F*****G BRIDGE?!

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#25

Dust And Laundry

Dust And Laundry

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Paul Mckay
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1 month ago

Yes you can see all of Mars here

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#26

Aesthetic Liminality

Aesthetic Liminality

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

Does that say "cage"?

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#27

Feels Like I Shouldn't Turn Around. Just Keep Walking

Feels Like I Shouldn't Turn Around. Just Keep Walking

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1 month ago

Run to the other side as fast as you can

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#28

View From The Laundry Room Looks Fake

View From The Laundry Room Looks Fake

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James016
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1 month ago

It’s not a picture stuck to the window?

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#29

Waiting The Turn

Waiting The Turn

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Silent hill or resident evil?

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#30

The Exam Will Take Place Down The Hall And To The Left, Good Luck

The Exam Will Take Place Down The Hall And To The Left, Good Luck

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

I don't need luck because im not bloody going!

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#31

Bliss

Bliss

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Tapio Magnussen
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1 month ago (edited)

Windows OS side pic?

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#32

Driving To The Airport

Driving To The Airport

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Green Machine
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1 month ago

Maybe I'm the only one, but I love fog and how it seems to transform places by changing nothing but the perspective.

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#33

Blue Aesthetic

Blue Aesthetic

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

This ought to be a prop for a horror movie

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#34

Found An Artist Doing Some Pure Liminal

Found An Artist Doing Some Pure Liminal

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Martin Forbes
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1 month ago

If the water isn't real then its a truly awesome piece of art.

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#35

Sandy Desert

Sandy Desert

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

This is beautiful

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#36

An Old Pic I Forgot I Had On My Phone

An Old Pic I Forgot I Had On My Phone

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Beeps
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1 month ago

Going through that door is bound to trigger a boss fight.

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#37

A Nice Place To Make A Best Friend That You'll Never See Again

A Nice Place To Make A Best Friend That You'll Never See Again

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JB Darré
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1 month ago

That green thing is waiting to be fed

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#38

Railway

Railway

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago (edited)

I have always loved the mist. It is always so mysterious

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#39

Hello? I’m Here For The Conference

Hello? I’m Here For The Conference

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Tapio Magnussen
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1 month ago

Your last conference, indeed.

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#40

8821

8821

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Rich Peall
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1 month ago

Stanley chose to go through the door on the left...

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