This is a series that was initially inspired by a search for a single white egg. I was putting together a series on "hands" and wanted to make a photo of a model's hands holding a single white egg. I visited a half-dozen supermarkets in Leiden, but all were selling brown-colored eggs, which were marketed as "natural" eggs.
Then I came to a Turkish supermarket called Zam Zam, which is known for its inexpensive produce. This was the only supermarket in our city that had white eggs on sale, but only in super-sized cartons of 30 eggs. These were selling for the equivalent of $4 per 30 eggs, which was less than the price of 6 brown, "natural" eggs at the other supermarkets. Although the logic of buying more for less seemed to defy the laws of supply and demand, I opted to get one of these cartons of 30 white eggs.
After bringing them home, I wondered how I should incorporate so many eggs into a photo shoot. Eventually the model, Esmé, and I decided to just position the whole lot of 30 white eggs in her lap, as if her prayers had been answered, and she had just given birth to a small mountain of eggs.