The 'Hakuna Matata' series by french photographer Thomas Subtil captures animals at their most playful. Hakuna Matata takes animals native to Africa and anthropomorphizes them. Each animal is seen engaging in human-like behaviors. Subtil took pictures of wild animals and used photo editing to turn them into surreal artworks.
Hakuna Matata explores what Subtil envisions is "the real life of African wild animals." The photos show animals engaging in everyday human activities while performing circus tricks. Subtil chose to portray animals like this to embody the theme of "hakuna matata" which translates into "no worries." The animals are seen living in harmony without any stress or fear. This comes through in the playful and silly tone of each picture in the photo series.