Great thanks for the guidance, it’s starting to make even more sense. I’ve not got a user gallery auto creating with a new user (from another answer you gave on the forum) and I can get it to display in the widgets per your suggestion above it seems all good. However I can only show the gallery not the recent uploads to it. Maybe it would be easier just to say what I want it to accomplish and if you point me in the right direction I can work it from there:
We have a user profile view that loads all the buddypress content into separate tabs by category including one for photos but on the right hand sidebar we want to output a wall of photos uploaded by the displayed user. We want the user to be able on their profile to manage their photos and upload more. I’ll post a private link to the page I mean after this post.