Chuck, the only way is to not have them attached to the page. I agree with you about not liking to see them marching down the right side, with no control of the order, and I always display them in the biography itself, in a position that is relevant to what the image depicts.
To keep them off the right side of the page, you can create a free space page to store them. Upload your images to that page, then you can link to them from any profile you want, on YOUR terms of where you want to place them and what size you want to display them at.
For an example, see my husband's grandmother's profile. Its privacy is open, so you can look at the edit page to see what I did and how I did it. Note that there is one image that is attached to the profile - that is the one I wanted to use as the "thumbnail" - you can only use an image attached to the profile for that purpose.