Is the container field a Global field? That would explain it. Also, if the container field is in a related table that all of the records are related to (many-to-one relationship). Can you show us your relationship graph for these table occurrences as well as what the layout's table occurrence is?
Moved photos into a photo file and created a new occurance, all is well. Stupid me!!!!
God Bless those in Boston.
Glad it worked out and you understand what was going on. Take care!