@Peterverkooijen pics and events are hardly “bells and whistles” Why do you regard this effort as “cramming” it into a plugin or even the core? Are you really unsure as to the value of events and pics in a BP community site? You always claim NOT to be a programmer but have no problem taking shots at the evolution of the core. The member mgt is straightforward enough.
There are plenty of great gallery plugins out there but member integration is necessary (doesn’t mean difficult)