Onfranklin&main is an online photo narrative showcasing visual stories in Carrboro/Chapel Hill/Chatham County, NC as well as cities across the globe. Much of what you see is street photography: images that features chance encounters and random accidents within public places. 

This site is intended to illustrate “moments” across a spectrum of life in everyday settings. Most images are unposed. Many capture unedited emotion.

For those who reside outside of some of these settings, peek into everyday lives of those we have yet to meet. For those who live their fullest lives within these communities, enjoy.


My name is Melissa. I live in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill/Chatham Co. area with my husband, two daughters, two pups Tuesday and Domino, along with Sneaky Pete and Rosie Kadozie, our feline duo. I'm a trained journalist who has been both on the editorial and business sides of media companies including The New York Times and Reader’s Digest. In 2006, we made our way to North Carolina and I joined a team at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Like scores of folks, we traded in the big city whirlwind for calmer, and in many ways, more robust lives. In addition to my work at UNC, I serve on the Board of Education for a county school system. An enduring love of people, design, and my adopted town propelled me to launch this website. Please tag along, as I explore the people and backdrops that form Carrboro/Chapel Hill/Chatham Co. And in some cases, join me on my travels.

Contact: melissa@onfranklinandmain.com


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