Many will probably reject this, but sometimes the simplest of things elude the most brilliant of mind. (Another concept in the Bible)
‘image’ is not the original word. It is the English word. The original ‘translators’ could have used many words.
Perhaps their understanding of ‘image’ was different from our modern day vernacular.
What if the original ‘word’ was not ‘image’, but ‘imagination’ ?
God made us in his own ‘mind, his own ‘view’, his ‘imagination’. That is where he created us. It is where we create that which we manifest. Everything we have ‘created’ here on Earth was originally an idea, a thought, a picture, AN IMAGE.... in someone’s mind.
As above so below. A statement from the Bible that many often miss the full implications of.
I like your explanation.