I don’t want to give too much away since it’s a subjective phenomenon. I suppose my main point is that authentic “liminal” can’t be manufactured. That being said, it can definitely be emulated. Lots of anons have suggested small things like tilts and unnatural white balance. I agree with these. Definitely a good starting point, which could lead your photographs down a new creative path.
I was having a conversation with a friend/colleague of mine. He showed me a photo of a petrol station at night that he took on a road trip many years ago. It was murky and emotive, but did not adhere to the “aesthetic conventions” of (what I would call) popular liminal. He labelled himself as a casual photo-taker. From this perspective, the fact that he was compelled to take the photograph in the first place meant that there was something about this place (atmosphere? or context) that resonated with him in a way that would not ordinarily happen. Further to this, the fact that the photo/memory stuck with him for many years suggested it was a liminal moment. Whether or not it is a “liminal place photo” is a matter of opinion. Entirely subjective.> The only thing i could interpret is a sudden realization or "waking up" in terms mental clarity, a moment or situation that makes your brain stop the cruise control and make you analyze in quick fashion what the hell is going on.> it also depends on the culture, some anons call liminal spaces that city slickers consider normal while the opposite happens too
I think you’re right :) Definitely has a lot to do with psychology. Might have something to do with religion, repressed memories and imprints