Canadian-born photographer Chris Buck has really taken a liking to himself. Buck, a celebrated portraitist, has turned the lens upon himself with his latest project, Likeness. In a way, that is.
After getting scanned at a 3D printing studio specializing in full-body miniatures, Buck opened his mail a few weeks later to discover his very own mini-me… and a whole lot of creative potential. “I took it out of the box, put it on my desk and without even thinking took an iPhone photo. A new project was born,” Buck says.
Instagram has been the perfect platform for Likeness, allowing for endless tongue-in-cheek commentary on an app known for its solipsistic (and psychopathic) user pool. Escaping the Uncanny Valley, the intensely realistic ten-inch figurine takes on a bizarre life of its own as his owner plays with perspective. Mini-Buck is just like us: he observes mural-sized prints (plain old photographs to you and me), explores the Walk of Fame (dwarfed by George Eastman’s star), and loves Tapatío (which comes up to his chest). If Buck Jr. were cuter, Marcel the Shell would have some competition. Alas, this is a tiny model of a middle aged man.
You can follow the adventures of the lilliputian Buck on his Instagram or through the hashtag #bucklikeness, or keep any eye out for an upcoming photobook. Just keep Kim Kardashian away from those Doob 3D printers or we’re all in for a sequel to Selfish, starring a mini-Kim.
All images via Buck’s Instagram: @the_chris_buck