WHY DO IMAGES OF LIMINAL SPACES SEEM SO OFF AND FAMILIAR?

2020-8-16

WHY DO IMAGES OF LIMINAL SPACES SEEM SO FAMILIAR? One of the reasons they feel so uncomfortable and strange is the lack of people, the
photographs often show places that usually have a lot of people in them (such as
shopping malls, or supermarkets) that are completely empty. A lot of them also lack furniture.

Some feel so strange because they lack context, for example because they were cropped or were
“taken” from an uncommon perspective.

Why do so many of them feel so familiar? Because they are so general. You probably haven’t been to
these exact places, but you have been to places that look very similar to them with
similar aesthetics (Chuck E. Cheese’s-style restaurants, indoor swimming pools, parking lots, etc.).
This applies even more to images that show just fragments of rooms (pillars, corners, baseboards, staircases, etc.)
as these elements are very common and can often be seen in houses, shopping malls and other public buildings.